ASSUNNA' CULTURAL HEALTH IMPLICATIONS (STUDY OF HEALTH ANTHROPOLOGY IN BONTORAMBA COMMUNITY, JENEPONTO REGENCY)
Keywords:Health Implications, Infection Risk, Disease Prevention, Sick Health Concept, Assunna' Ritual, Jeneponto
Male circumcision is beneficial and does not doubt health. So many studies show that male circumcision can prevent several diseases. In Jeneponto, some parents choose their children to practice Assunna' culture. The purpose of this study was to obtain information, examine and analyze in depth the health implications of Assunna' culture in the Bontoramba community, Jeneponto Regency. The research method used is qualitative with an ethnographic approach. Informants were drawn purposively with the snowball technique. The number of informants is 7 people (two regular informants, two supporting informants, and one key informant). The results showed that the Assunna' culture in the Bontoramba community was carried out by circumcision officers (hamlet priests). Circumcision officers do not wash their hands before starting the circumcision process. Chicken blood is smeared on the cut skin as a form of unification and followed by giving firewood ashes by sprinkling or smearing it directly. People who believe in taboo are not allowed to come out of the house and step on chicken manure and horse manure after being circumcised. When violated, will cause pain in the part that has been cut the skin. The circumcision process begins with sprinkling water on the genitals three times, reading a prayer and then blowing it into water which is believed to remove uncleanness and accelerate wound healing. The skin that is removed is only a little which is important to bleed so that the child's blood can be united with chicken blood. The pain experienced by the child lasts for one to two days. In conclusion, the health implications of Assunna' culture can lead to infection risk, disease prevention, and the concept of health and illness. It is hoped that collaboration between doctors/nurses and village priests in Assunna' cultural rituals is expected
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