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Jakarta Post

Sojourn: ‘Sade’ - “A traditional village hopes for a better future through tourism”

  • Words and photos Anggara Mahendra

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 30 2016   /  11:04 am

Visitors curiously inspected the traditional house. The floor was made of a mixture of clay and rice husks, while the lower part of the outer wall was covered with dried cow dung. The upper part was constructed of plaited bamboo sheets topped with a dried grass roof.

Most of the houses in Sade, a four-hectare village inhabited by the indigenous Sasak people in Central Lombok, share similar features. The village has a population of around 700 people, mostly working as farmers and weavers.

In recent years, Sade has grown into a popular tourist destination as a growing number of visitors wish to see first-hand the unique culture of the people who adhere to Wektu Telu, a syncretic form of Islam, Hinduism and animism.

The steady stream of visitors, which can amount to hundreds of people per day, has opened up a new job opportunity for local people. Now, some of them have...