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Sasak Culture in Lombok: A Rich and Unique Heritage

1 February 2023

Beautiful Lombok, located in the western part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, is home to the Sasak people and their unique cultural heritage. The Sasak culture is a rich and diverse blend of indigenous customs and practices, as well as influences from neighboring cultures and religions, such as Hinduism.

Allow me to invite you to the the Sasak Culture, a testament to the resilience and creativity of the Sasak people and a valuable part of Indonesia’s cultural heritage.


The Sasak people are known for their traditional clothing, which includes intricate and colorful woven textiles, such as songket and ikat. Women typically wear a traditional kebaya blouse and sarong skirt, while men wear a cotton shirt and sarong.

The Sasak people practice a form of Islam known as Wetu Telu, which has elements of Hinduism and animism incorporated into its beliefs and practices. This is reflected in their traditional ceremonies and rituals, such as the circumcision ceremony, wedding ceremonies, and the annual harvest festival, known as the Bau Nyale.

The Sasak people have a rich tradition of crafting and creating art, including basket weaving, pottery, wood carving, and silver jewelry. These crafts are typically made by hand and passed down from generation to generation, preserving the cultural heritage of the Sasak people.

The traditional architecture of Lombok reflects the Sasak culture, with houses typically built from bamboo and thatched roofs. The houses are often decorated with carvings and sculptures, and the layout is designed to reflect the importance of community and family in Sasak culture.

Spicy & Proud. The indigenous Sasak people of Lombok. Shaped by animism, Buddhism, Hinduism and now Islam, the Sasak religion and culture are an intriguing blend unique in the Indonesian archipelago.
Geography and history define the Sasaks – the indigenous people of Lombok who make up 85% of Lombok’s 3 million people. Their language, religion, architecture, dances and music are the marriages of sailors, conquerors, artists, political outcastes and religious missionaries who have given the Sasak people their unique, spicy flavour.

The native language of the Sasak people in Lombok, Indonesia, has a unique phonology and grammar, with a rich system of vowels and consonants. It also has a large vocabulary of words borrowed from neighboring languages, reflecting the historical and cultural exchanges between the Sasak people and other communities in the region.
The Sasak language is a crucial part of the Sasak culture and heritage. It is a rich and complex language that reflects the history and traditions of the Sasak people and provides a window into their unique culture and way of life.


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