Lombok Island is popular for its wonderful beaches, exotic gilis (smaller islands), and of course Mount Rinjani and its breathtaking crater. However, Lombok is also rich in cultural heritage. The Sasak Tribe who are the majority inhabitant of Lombok has lovely culture and you can see that in Sasak Sade Village.
Sasak Sade Village is easily distinguishable from other villages in Lombok because of its traditional houses. It’s not just the house, you can also admire all aspects of the villagers here, including their dance and unique clothes.
The Traditional Sasak Sade Village is located in Pujut, Central Lombok, just a couple of minutes from the Lombok International Airport and Mandalika. The houses here are made from bamboo and thatched roof, making it a unique spectacle. Exploring through its tiny pathways between these old houses might invoke a nostalgic feeling to some people and you need about 30 minutes to explore all areas of this village.
The Peresean Fight
This show is not for the faint of heart. Peresean is a fight between two people (pepadus) who are armed with a baton and cowhide shield. They don’t intend to hurt each other, definitely, but they do swing their baton with all their might.
You can hear the thumping noise when the swing of the baton meets the shield. You might even feel the vibration in the air! There is a referee whose job is to stop the fight before the pepadu gets hurt.
Gendang Beleq literally means big drum in Sasak Language. It is the main musical instrument that is accompanied by gongs and flute. Today, the energetic music of Gendang Beleq is used for greeting tourists and important guests. Originally, this drum was used as a war instrument. The generals use the war cry of Gendang Beleq to lead their army into the battle.
Amaq Tempengus Dance
Moving on from the warring origin of the culture, you can also see the Amaq Tempengus dance, sometimes also called Cupak Gerantang Dance. It’s basically a clown or jester dance. This dance was originally performed to cheer soldiers who were returning from a battle. The Amaq Tempengus dress and act foolishly, moving on from one viewer to another but all to the beat of Gendang Beleq troupe that play in the background.
Petuk dance is performed by kids, usually about ten years old. Still accompanied by Gendang Beleq, the dancer prances around to show his moves to the viewers. The dance is actually a traditional rite of passage for the boys in Sasak community.
Boys who are just circumcised watch this dance as a part of the ceremony. That’s why the dancer’s face is painted with moustache and other adulthood signs.
Originally, Sasak Sade villagers are mainly farmers before the rise of tourism here. Today, they still do the farming activity but during the dry season, most of them focused on the tourism part.
Most women in this village now weave using traditional loom to make clothes like Ikat or Songket. You can see the process on how they make those clothes. The price range is IDR200,000 to IDR 500,000.
Sasak Sade Village is a complete package if you want to learn about Sasak culture. You will see the lovely life of an ancient village that survives the passing of times. Just make sure you don’t leave trash behind when visiting here.