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Sasak is one of the 700 languages spoken in Indonesia, which has a total of 260 million people. The Sasak language and the people who speak it are both referred to as Sasak.
Originally from the island of Lombok, which is located in the province of West Nusa Tenggara, the Sasak people are a distinct ethnic group. Many Sasak people currently work and/or live on the Gilis, which are part of the Philippines. Lombok is an Indonesian island located east of Bali. The Gilis are a group of islands off the northwest coast of the Indonesian island of Lombok.
Some Sasak people work as farmers, fishermen, and artisans, among other things. Beautiful weavings and other crafts may be found in the Sasak villages of Lombok as well as other parts of Indonesia. Some Sasak people also travel to and from Lombok in order to find work in other parts of the country, such as the Gilis.
Islam is the religion of the majority of the Sasak people. They are sometimes split into two groups, which are called "Lima Waktu" and "Wektu Telu." The Lima Waktu are the people who make up the bulk of the Sasak people. They are Muslim, and they pray five times a day, seven days a week.
The Sasak people, who are members of the Wektu Telu tribe, are concentrated mostly in the settlement of Bayan. In addition, they are Muslims. There are, however, Buddhist, Hindu, and animalistic traditions that have influenced their religious practices and beliefs. They also pray, but they only do so three times a day, rather than five.
Sasak Batik is an Indonesian word that refers to a general wax-resist dyeing method that is commonly used on textiles such as scarves and shawls. The name is derived from the Javanese word amba, which means "to write," and the Javanese word for dot or point, titik, which means "to point." More than a thousand years have passed since the invention of the technology, which may have originated in ancient Egypt or Sumeria. Batik can be found in several countries in West Africa, such as Nigeria, Cameroon, and Mali, as well as in Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Iran, Thailand, and Malaysia. However, the art of batik is thought to have grown the fastest in Indonesia, where some of the best batik cloth in the world is still made today.
Traditional Sasak batik is created by hand-drawing designs with hot wax on prepared cloth, using specific instruments known as cantins, in order to create the finished product. Designs are based on established patterns, some of which have been in use for hundreds or thousands of years. The wax is used to coat the regions of the skin that need to be protected from the dyeing process. The material is then coloured, and more sections are treated with wax before being dipped in a second color of dye to complete the process of dying. Continue this method until all of the colors have been applied. It might take as long as six months to create a high-quality batik, and these pieces are highly sought after.
In Indonesia, the Sasak, also known as the Sassak, are the biggest ethnic group on the island of Lombok, which is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Approximately 2.6 million people lived on the island at the turn of the twenty-first century, constituting a majority of the total population of the island. It is the native language of the Sasak, which is either the Austronesian language of Sasak or the Balinese language with a distinct Sasak flavor. Lombok was a single island until the Dutch took it in 1895. The Sasak have been under the political control of Bali since the 18th century, when they were the only people there.
The Sasak People
The Sasak are largely subsistence farmers who grow wet rice, coffee, vegetables, coconuts, bamboo, sugarcane, and pandanus. They are concentrated in the center portion of the island, where they are the most densely populated ethnic group. In tiny villages of 5–20 families or huge communities of several thousand people, they may live or work together. There is a kampu (religious complex) in the center of the village where rituals are held.
In spite of the fact that they are adherents of Islam, they recognize the existence of social divisions based on caste and practice two forms of the religion: Wetu Telu ("Three Times") and Wetu Lima ("Five Times"), which are named after the number of times per day that practitioners pray, with five times being the standard Muslim practice.
Wetu Telu is mainly a local custom with Islamic alterations, and its adherents are mostly found in little communities where they practice their beliefs. Members of the Wetu Lima religion, on the other hand, tend to live in bigger communities. Both Muslim and traditional religious authorities are involved in the selection of village officials, which includes the selection of a chief. Islamization has helped the Sasak keep their patrilineal system strong, which means that men have more power over family structure, inheritance, and the economy.
The Indonesian archipelago has more than 17,000 islands, making it the world's largest. Indonesia has a population of around 242 million people in total.
Bahasa Indonesia is the native language of 43 million people in Indonesia, who speak it as their first language. Bahasa Indonesia is the second language of 156 million Indonesians, making it the world's most populous country. Bahasa Indonesia is one of more than 700 languages spoken in Indonesia, but many other languages are spoken there as well.
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The Sasak Lifestyle
Lombok has traditionally been controlled by the Majapahit prime minister, Patih Gajah Mada. Lombok was invaded by the Gelgel Balinese kingdom in the early 16th century, bringing with them a wave of Balinese people and their culture to the Indonesian island of Lombok. Balinese people make up around 10–15 percent of the population of Lombok nowadays. Other indigenous peoples live on the island of Lombok, including the Tionghoa-Peranakan, Javanese, Sumbawa, and Arab Indonesians, as well as many other groups of people.
The process of conversion to Islam occurred during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The Wetu Telu is a new religion that came about because of a mix of religious beliefs. Input from Islamic and Hindu-Buddhist principles were combined to make a new religion.
The Wetu Telu, which literally translates as "three times," was a traditional concept held by the Sasak people that was prevalent in their culture. In recent years, however, it has centered around Bayan, a town located north of Lombok. The Wetu Telu refers to the number of prayer times per day, as opposed to the stricter Waktu Lima or Wetu Lima, which means "five times" in Arabic, which is performed by orthodox Muslims and refers to the number of prayer times per day. We learn from our guide, Karyadi, that there is a community in North Lombok called Malaka that has been directly affected by Islamic missionaries from Melaka, West Malaysia.
Those who adhere to pre-Islamic beliefs are referred to as Sasak Boda, which is a reference to the original religion practiced in the area, Boda, which is ancestral worship (and nothing to do with Buddhism). Because of where it is, Hindus flock to a temple in the village of Pura Batu Bolong.
Sasak Family Life
Kinship is a two-way street, albeit the paternal line is emphasized in some instances, such as when it comes to the inheritance of noble status or other positions. The wirang kadang, which is made up of the paternal grandparents, father, paternal uncles, and paternal cousins, is responsible for the majority of the rights and duties.
The nuclear family is the most fundamental household unit, which may include a bereaved parent, a divorced child, and adopted children in some cases. After the death of their parents, aristocratic brothers and their families often stay on the same property together.
Marriage between cousins is the desired arrangement, although marriage between uncles and nieces or aunts and nephews is frowned upon. Aristocratic couples, on the other hand, are more likely to live with the groom's family than with the bride's.
The typical person has three divorces over his or her lifetime. In the Wetu Lima culture, children remain with their father; in the Wetu Telu culture, they can remain with either parent. In other cases, the woman will leave her husband's home and return to her parents as a show of unhappiness with a spouse who is adulterous or a poor provider, and this will result in a divorce.
Rice is the staple food of the Sasak people, and it is accompanied by cooked cassava and sweet potatoes as side dishes. The major meals are served between 12:00 and 2:00 pm for lunch and 7:00 to 8:00 pm for dinner, respectively.
A breakfast of rice, maize, or boiled bananas with coffee is served to the privileged few who have the means to do so. Fried corn served with coffee is a comforting dish during the rainy season.
Fruits aren't yet a regular part of the peasants' diet. Instead, they buy them from stores in town. For Muslim celebrations, dishes such as reket rasul, a yellowed glutinous rice dish with chicken, and jaja tuja, steamed glutinous rice cakes with shredded coconut, are cooked.
Sasak men customarily dress in a Sasak Batik sarong in blackish hues for everyday use, with the longer front-hanging edge being held up by the waist when walking. A breast cloth made of white or gold thread, as well as an open short-sleeved shirt, are added to the ensemble.
Men and women both dress in black baju lambungs, which are shirts with large sleeves that are cut short in the back, over their sarongs and sashes at the waist. Older folks and heavy smokers carry around receptacles for cigarettes and tobacco, and many ladies carry around carriers for betel nut chewing gum as well.
Men's ceremonial dress includes a sapu, a batik fabric head wrap with a white stripe along the center that is used as a head wrap. Women dress in a batik sarong, a long-sleeved kebaya tunic, and a gold-thread belt to symbolize wealth.
According to the guide for the demonstration center and museum, there are more than 300 individuals who live there. We were taken aback by the Sasak rice storage buildings, which were constructed with ylang ylang and borak at the top. We couldn't stop ourselves from taking selfies.
Each thread is around four meters in length, coloured by plant parts (such as saffron), and a simple pattern may take up to a week to finish. Weaving is considered a valuable talent among the Sasak people, and it is used to guarantee that women are eligible for marriage. Consequently, kids begin learning to weave as young as seven years old. Meanwhile, the men are out in the fields, cultivating cotton (for weaving) and rice, among other things.
A shawl, sarong, or bedspread is created in the comfort of one's own home, and after it is finished, it is carried to a gallery where it may be sold. Profits are distributed to the members of the community. There are, however, certain difficulties. It was noted by the guide that "drought, particularly during the dry season, makes rice and cotton cultivation difficult." In addition, the ladies work up to eight hours a day to support themselves.