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Lombok is home to the Sasak Muslims and they are considerably much more conservative compared to the Balinese (who are incidentally Hindus) just next door.
[The island's inhabitants are 85% Sasak (a people, closely related to the Balinese, but mostly practising Islam), 10-15% Balinese, with the small remainder being Chinese, Arab, Javanese, and Sumbawanese]

Unlike the Muslims in general, the Sasak in Northern and west Lombok have a caste system. There are four caste castes, the highest being Datu for men and Denek Bini for women, the second Raden for men, and Denda for women, the third Buling and the fourth Jajar Karang. In Central and East Lombok, Lalu for men and Lale for women.

Religion, that is, Islam is a driving force as a way of life and the Sasaks are pious Muslims. Me & my mate invited our waiter to sit down at our table (us being the only customer anyway) and had a good chat with him and me & my mate realised that while the people on Lombok wanted progress, they wanted none of the debauchery that usually comes along with it. They greatly treasure family life and many locals having sought and received their fortunes elsewhere, will usually return to their true home eventually. Many of the locals were glad that the promised tourism boom never came but they were also wistful that the progress they wanted in material improvement also vaporise along with the boom that never was. It's a catch 22.

There aren't a lot of nightlife on Lombok compared to the rowdiness on Bali.

Adult men swim in long pants and women fully clothed with tudungs (headgears). You prancing around on the beach in skimpy bikinis and low trunks would probably invite quite a few different kinds of look, most of them disapprovingly I am sure.

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  • Updated Sep 21, 2005
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