The Melanau folklore: an analysis of moral values

Hishamuddin Siri, and Hafizan Mohamad Naim, and Abdul Walid Ali, (2024) The Melanau folklore: an analysis of moral values. Geografia : Malaysian Journal of Society and Space, 20 (1). pp. 155-173. ISSN 2180-2491


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Melanau folklore, abundant with intricate narratives and moral lessons, serves as an essential vehicle for cultural transmission. This paper seeks to scrutinize the representation of moral values within Melanau folklore, specifically looking through its oral narratives through qualitative literary research. Drawing on the thematic analysis of 24 short stories derived from Morris's monograph, this paper identified four principal themes of moral values: Personal Development and Growth, Social and Cultural Values, Interactions with the Supernatural, and Environmental Stewardship. These moral values, deeply embedded in Melanau's worldview, are paramount to the community's understanding and interaction with their environment. Intriguingly, our analysis suggests that the inherent moral values of the Melanau are often intertwined with concepts related to the spirit world, indicating the pivotal role of supernatural elements in shaping the community's ethical landscape. This study highlights the rich moral fabric of Melanau narratives, elucidating their cultural identity and the broader context of their relationship with the supernatural world.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Folklore; Melanau; Moral values; Narratives; Oral stories
Journal:Geografia ; Malaysian Journal of Society and Space
ID Code:23558
Deposited By: Mr. Mohd Zukhairi Abdullah
Deposited On:16 May 2024 08:11
Last Modified:17 May 2024 01:21

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