Mot nini Tradition: Dialogue with Ancestors in Noemuti Village

Inosensius Mokos (1), Virienia Puspita (2)
(1) Communication Department, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia, Indonesia,
(2) Communication Department, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia, Indonesia


This study aims to describe the dialogue with the ancestors in traditional events mot nini (burning candles), which is usually done by indigenous peoples in Noemuti Village, North Central Timor. The method that was used for this study is ethnographic analysis. The research used a qualitative research method by direct observation and interviews. The description of this study is also based on a realist ethnographic analysis. From the research results, it was found that the people of Noemuti Village dialogue with their ancestors to ask for help and assistance regarding the difficulties they face. People believe that their ancestors will help. The implication is that people believe more in the strength and help of their ancestors even though people have a religion they believe in. People always take the time to carry out this traditional ceremony. In conclusion, the people of Noemuti Village believe that their ancestors have supernatural powers and also a strong inner connection with the community, so the community believes that what they ask for and convey to their ancestors will definitely be given and helped. More than that, this traditional ceremony is also a form of respect and an unbreakable brotherhood between the people of Noemuti Village and their ancestors

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Author Biographies

Inosensius Mokos, Communication Department, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia

Inonsensius Mokos is a master’s degree Student, Communication Department, BINUS University, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Virienia Puspita, Communication Department, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia

Virginia Puspita is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication Department at BINUS University in Jakarta, Indonesia. She has been teaching since February 2000 and is an active member of Indonesia’s Association of Communications Graduates, serving as a secretary in Jakarta.

Mokos, I., & Puspita, V. (2024). Mot nini Tradition: Dialogue with Ancestors in Noemuti Village. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 24(1), 88–99.

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