Abstract: This study is a qualitative descriptive study to track the changes and the symbolic meaning of wedding ceremonies of Makassar ethnic in order to: to determine the changes of wedding implementation of the Makassar ethnic in Somba Opu Gowa; to know the process of social structure change of Makassar ethnic in Somba Opu Gowa; to determine the meaning and symbols of Makassar ethnic wedding ceremony in Somba Opu Gowa. Qualitative research methods applied, using cultural and historical approaches to analyze the changes of wedding ceremony of Makassar ethnic. Data collection techniques are observation, interviews and documentation. Data analysis involves data collection, data reduction, sata presentation, verification and conclusion. The research showed that there are some changes in the Makassar ethnic wedding ceremony in Somba Opu due to the advancement of science and technology, there are some social structure changes due to the actions of the society that is dynamic and influence their environment, meaning and symbols in the wedding ceremony heavily loaded with philosophical meaning of life and the welfare of the world and the hereafter.
Moh. Thamrin Mappalahere, Darman Manda andi Agustan and Andi Ihsan, 2019. Changes and the Symbolic Meaning of Wedding Ceremony in Makassar Ethnic. The Social Sciences, 14: 142-147.