Study of Ornaments in the Inkulturatif Pangururan Catholic Church in Samosir, North Sumatera

Sitinjak, Ronald Hasudungan Irianto and Wardani, Laksmi Kusuma and Thamrin, Diana (2016) Study of Ornaments in the Inkulturatif Pangururan Catholic Church in Samosir, North Sumatera. Journal of Arts & Humanities, 5 (7). pp. 49-60. ISSN 2167-9045 (print) 2167-9053 (online)

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            In the early 1900s, Catholic missionaries arrrived on Batak land in North Sumatera, Indonesia and initiated the process of inculturation, which was subsequently marked by the adaptation of Catholic teachings with the Batak traditional culture. The adaptation involved the liturgy, music and others, inculding the architecture and interior design of their places of worship that continued even to the Modern times. This research aims to discover the meaning behind the ornaments on the exterior and interior of the Inkulturatif Pangururan Catholic Church in Samosir, North Sumatera, as a result of this inculturation process, through Panofsky’s research method known as Iconology. The elements analyzed include the façade, enclosure elements, transitional elements and filling elements. Results show that the ornaments contain various meanings inculturated from Catholic culture having biblical and theological themes incorporated into Batak Toba stylized ornamental forms. This shows that the goodness, truth and beauty of the Catholic faith had honored and adapted their teachings to the local wisdom and culture such that what appears in the implementation of the ornaments is a novel creative beauty and an embodiment of inculturation.

            Item Type: Article
            Uncontrolled Keywords: Catholic Church, Meaning, Ornament, Inculturation
            Subjects: N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
            Divisions: Faculty of Art and Design > Interior Design Department
            Depositing User: Admin
            Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 19:49
            Last Modified: 07 Sep 2022 12:25
            URI: http://repository.petra.ac.id/id/eprint/17434

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