Communicating the Local Tradition and Kant's Ethical Philosophy within Sundanese Society

  • Moh. Ahsanuddin Jauhari


This research is motivated the phenomena of the Babangkongan tradition as a traditional ceremony to invite rain and also an effort to obtain prosperity through a series of ritual ceremonies, offerings, carnivals, music, and dances among Sundanese people living in Kuningan, West Java, Indonesia. For local people in Kuningan, this tradition is a form of respect to their ancestors who have cut down the forests in the area to be used as residential areas. The destruction of nature and the drought in the era of the modern industrial revolution have affected to their consciousness to return to religion and tradition. Therefore, the Babangkongan tradition is not only a symbol of the culture or tradition, but also a part of the social ethics and the philosophy of life that they have maintained until now. This tradition has proven implicated to the formation of character, social interaction, and independence among Sundanese people modest lives as well as the other society traditions in general.