THE GENI TRADITION AS THE CENTER OF THE SHELTER FOR PLATEAU SETTLEMENTSHermawan, Josef Prijotomo and Yohanes Basuki Dwisusanto
Theories of fire and architecture have been widely stated according to studies conducted in regions with four seasons. Fire is believed to be the beginning of architecture and the center of protection for humans. Humans living in regions with four seasons and those living in regions with two seasons have different characters. The difference in climate will lead to the different treatments of humans towards the fire. The present study seeks to reveal the meaning of fire in Geni (fire) tradition held in tropical areas of the plateau. A qualitative method using in-depth description strategies was applied. The object of the study is the Dieng plateau of Indonesia. The results of the study indicate that the Geni tradition plays a role as the center of the shelter instead of the center of protection. The results strengthen the theory that fire is closely related to architecture but it has a different role in regions with four seasons.