Semiotic Exploration of Roti Buaya as a Cultural Ornament

Roti Buaya, Betawi, Semiotic, Ornament

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April 4, 2022

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Roti Buaya is one of the snacks in Betawi weddings. Roti Buaya has become an icon of Betawi traditional marriage, which contains a certain sacredness and is believed to exist by what has been passed down from generation to generation by the ancestors of the Betawi Tribe. The use of Roti Buaya was intended to remove the negative stigma attached to crocodiles. This research uses a semiological or semiotic research approach, which can also be termed qualitative research, which does not use calculations. This type of research is field research which is direct life research, which studies intensively about individuals or society. The author, in this case, focuses on the study of semiotics contained in Roti Buaya. This study examines the relationship, process, and meaning of Roti Buaya in marriage customs in Jagakarsa. The attitude of the Betawi people in the Jagakarsa region, which in modern times still preserves their customs, is very exemplary. The Betawi people in the Jagakarsa region are still loyal to using Roti Buaya. The Betawi people in the Jagakarsa area make the crocodile a symbol that must be present when the Betawi traditional wedding ceremony is held, as a symbolic form of the meanings of prayer, hope, and noble cultural values.