Emi Agustina


Abstract: This study aims to: (1) document is and rescue is the oral literary forms of the Bengkulu Serawai community, especially the extinct Talo District, (2) express is the meaning and function of aesthetic and educational values in oral literature of Bengkulu Serawai community, 3)  knowing how Bengkulu people's views on aesthetic and educational values in oral literature. This research succeeded in collecting various forms of literature containing aesthetic and educational values, namely folklore, pantun, and young rejung. Aesthetic values and educational values in oral literature can be seen from the descriptions of characters, activities of characters, and rhymes of  rejung that can lead to imaging of the aesthetics or the value of the beauty of such literary works. The function of aesthetic and educational value in the literature of Bengkulu region are: as a tool to disguise the bad habitat leaders / kings, as a means of aesthetics  in conveying advice, as a means of social critic, and to attract and captivate the listener's attention. Bengkulu people's view of the literature of this area there is a good example for entertaining and communication facilities of young people. There are less good example stories that show the behavior of kings/leaders who are less worthy to be imitated. Studying and understanding the regional literature for the Serawai community is a hereditary custom / tradition. The Bengkulu people's view of his literary work is very positive. The values depicted in the literary works can be accepted and lived by the people of Bengkulu. This is especially important in the formation of noble character. Values of honesty, responsibility, courage and so forth can help shape the character of the people of the region.


Keywords: function, aesthetics, education, oral literature

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