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Binocular vision and archaic religiosity in Minahasa

Christar A. Rumbay, Handreas Hartono, Johannis Siahaya
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 78, No 1 | a7685 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v78i1.7685 | © 2022 Christar A. Rumbay, Handreas Hartono, Johannis Siahaya | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 April 2022 | Published: 31 August 2022

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Christar A. Rumbay, Department of Theology, Pendidikan Agama Kristen, Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Pelita Bangsa, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia; Department of Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Handreas Hartono, Department of Theology, Faculty of Theology, Pendidikan Agama Kristen, Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Pelita Bangsa, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Johannis Siahaya, Department of Theology, Faculty of Theology, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Kristen Teruna Bhakti, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


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Abstract

The encounter between Christian culture and religion in Minahasa has attracted attention because it reflects various resonances and fluctuations. Furthermore, culture contains strong social and religious values, and both aspects are scrambling to confirm the identity of each other’s traditions. Therefore, this study aims to find the Minahasa cultural religiosity value that can be an object for conversation with Christianity. By using a descriptive qualitative approach and interviews with several sources, the cultural values were adopted and communicated with Christianity through Stephen Bevans’s contextual approach. Hence, the awareness of the supernatural, belief in life before and after death and the celebration of foso rummages reflect the religiosity value that can be discussed with Christianity.

Contribution: Through the examination of religiosity in Minahasa, its expressions and values, the study provides alternative contribution to Christian missiology. The result shares rich insight that leads to a specific meeting point for contextual study. Minahasan cultures and Christianity could engage in harmony.


Keywords

religion; culture; Christianity; Minahasa; Stephen Bevans

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