Sasak in Indonesia


Joshua Project has identified the Sasak only in Indonesia

Population

2,890,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Sasak make up the majority of the population of Lombok island in West Nusa Tenggara province. They live throughout almost the whole island, but the most densely populated areas are the fertile rice fields south of the famous Mount Rinjani. In the past, anthropologists divided the Sasak into two groups: the Waktu Lima and Waktu Telu. The Waktu Lima Sasak mostly live in the central plains, close to the roads and trade centers. The Sasak Waktu Telu tend to live in remote villages in the south and in the mountains. The Sasak language is like Balinese and Javanese, but different in how it is written and pronounced. Many words have been borrowed from the Kawi language (Old Javanese), Sanskrit and Arabic, as can be seen in ancient writings on palmyra leaves known as takepan which were often read in the past. In Sasak society there are two classes: the revered nobility and the lower class. For many years, Lombok was divided into many small, warring kingdoms. This ended when the armies from Bali subjugated them. In 1894 the Dutch freed them from Balinese control. Up to the present there are many Sasak who don't like the Balinese.


What are Their Lives Like?

For newcomers, the Sasak seem very unrefined, frightening and aggressive. But once you get to know them, the Sasak are actually very friendly and open. Most Sasak are farmers, some are laborers, some are fishermen and some are craftsmen. Weavings and earthenware crafts made by skilled workers can be found in several villages. Many of these are sold to tourists or even exported to Western countries. Many Sasak look for work in larger cities, both on Lombok and on other islands. Moral and ethical values are called tindih by the Sasak. They try to maintain values of good friendships and maintaining cultural forms of respect within the family, honoring their parents and acting politely when a guest. In looking for a wife, many Sasak follow the custom of eloping, where the woman voluntarily allows herself to be "kidnapped" and hidden away somewhere for a while. After this, the "kidnapper" contacts the woman's family to negotiate the wedding terms and then the wedding ceremony is held.


What are Their Beliefs?

Most Sasak are Muslims. Every year many Sasak travel far to complete the hajj - the journey to Mecca. Many of them have to save up money for years and years, or sell their land or car in order to pay for this trip because when they come back from Mecca they are highly honored by their families and neighbors for the rest of their life. Many Sasak people still also worship in sacred places, such as tombs of religious leaders or on Mount Rinjani. They also worship the spirits of the ancestors and spirits that live in the forest, mountains or rivers.


What are Their Needs?

Although the Sasak live on a beautiful island, they still live in poverty. They desperately need medical experts and health education, because of the very high rates of women who die in childbirth and child mortality. Besides this, the people could also benefit from training in tourism skills in order to develop the great tourism potential of their area.



Profile Source:   Indonesian Peoples Network, 2011   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-06-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-06-07
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-06-30
People Name General Sasak
People Name in Country Sasak
Population in Indonesia 2,890,000
World Population 2,890,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Lombok
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Bali-Sasak
People Name General Sasak
Ethnic Code MSY44a
People ID 14776
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Lombok Island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sasak (2,890,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sasak 2,890,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1948)
New Testament Yes   (2007)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sasak
Film / Video Sasak Language Film
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament, text

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
40.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: IPN - Indonesian People Network   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Indonesian Peoples Network, 2011   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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