University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Peggy R. Sanday

Cloth and Custom in West Sumatra

The Codification of Minangkabau Worldview

By: Peggy R. Sanday and Suwati Kartiwa

One of the prominent Indonesian ethnic groups, the Minangkabau constitute 3% of the entire Indonesian population and one-quarter of the Sumatran population. The Minang­kabau pride themselves on their matrilineal social system, believing this to provide the core of their customary law and the basis for their social identity. Known also for their lit­erary flair, practicality, […]