Where does Minang Culture Lie?
Matrilineal Hierarchy in Minang Society
It is no longer a secret that Minang’s women hold much power in their lives. The matrilineal hierarchy they adhere to makes them becoming the world’s attention. How come in a region so strong and bold of Islam influence women can hold control?
Women in Muslim stereotypes in Western countries seen as powerless and helpless victims. However, in Minang society, women have very special positions. They are in charge of tracing the inheritance as well as the kinship in the family. Therefore, a mother will pass her property ownership to her daughters. A father, nevertheless, can inherit his wealth to the son.
Minang’s Traditional House
If you are somewhere around Indonesia, it is very easy to recognize Rumah Gadang. Yes, that is the name. Rumah Gadang is a rectangular building with a signature part called gonjong. It is a buffalo horn-like roof. However, nowadays most of Rumah Gadang’s roof is in iron sheeting.
There are some rules to live in Rumah Gadang. A woman with her husband and children is the one who deserves the house. Meanwhile, the man in the family who has not been married yet cannot live there. He will stay in the
Now you know why Minang is so famous for its matrilineal hierarchy. It is evident that the value spread out in so many aspects of life. What a unique Minang culture!