Universitas Indonesia Conferences, The 8th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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When the Delta Covid-19 Tsunami Swept My Family : Reflections on the Anthropology of Caregiving using Islamic and Buddhist Values
Fuji Riang Prastowo

Last modified: 2022-05-31


In the midst of the peak of multiple crisis, the Delta Covid-19 tsunami wave swept across Indonesia in July 2022, I was one of millions of millennials who suddenly became self-taught caregivers for our parents as self-isolated patients who were critical of fighting the virus with low oxygen stocks. We suddenly nurtured immunity in dealing with grief. With a slice of culture and religion, this article reflectively tells my story as myself, as well as an anthropologist, who observed two full months of crisis in my extended family who live communally in Sidikan, Yogyakarta City. At that time, there were more than 150 people from my extended family who were exposed to Delta, including my entire nuclear family. I, as an individual, had experienced intergenerational conflicts to realize the 'concept of illness'. I also had to dramaturgically keeping the sad news a secret when my cousin with the baby in her stomach and my grandmother died, so that my father, who has a low-saturation heart comorbid, would have motivation to live. Using the Reflexive Ethnography method, this is an in-depth dialogue with oneself and others about the meaning of the experience of illness and the experience of dying. The main finding in this paper is that the current crisis has forced all people to adapt as self-taught caregivers at the expense of their mental health. Intergenerational interaction of Javanese family in understanding the concept of crisis clashed with my Buddhist spiritual values, while my parents were guided by Islamic values. The clash of these two religious values causes different attitudes towards suffering and mental conditions in the concept of death. These two dialectics are very much in line with the Anthropology of Caregiving perspective framework which emphasizes interpersonal and intrapersonal dialogue between patients and caregivers responding to the surrounding health ecosystem. (300 words).


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