January 16, 2017 – The Cultural Village of Sade and Chasing Waterfalls

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Benang Kelambu Waterfall

See more photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskN9syo6

This morning I met Richard, a fellow Canadian at my hostel over breakfast! He had lived in Kelowna for a few years, but is originally from the Philippines. He decided to join me in my quest to find Sade and some waterfalls.

We got on our scooters and headed out. Sade is only a 15 minute scooter ride away and easy to find. In order to view the village and have access to the inside of people’s homes, it is required to have a guide. Our guide was superb and provided us with a greater understanding of the of the Sasak tribe living there.

According to our guide:

  • The village is 15 generations old (but no one know the exact date it was established)
  • The Sasak people utilise their own form of calendar, and as a result, hey don’t have birthdates and do not know how old they are
  • A monthly tradition includes polishing the floors of their homes with cow dung because cows are sacred and it makes the clay floors last longer
  • The grass thatch roofs need to be replaced every 6 or 7 years
  • The village chief is the primary decision maker and his responsibilities are passed down from father to son
  • Farming rice, vegetables, and livestock are the main activities of village residents
  • Education is not a high priority because even though its free; uniforms, supplies, and textbooks still need to be purchased
  • Women take part in traditional weaving
  • Everyone in the village is related and it is normal to marry cousins
  • In order to get married, a man must “kidnap” a woman from her home and run away with her. Once the woman’s parents are no longer mad the couple will return to the village. If the woman refuses to be married, the man will be punished and will pay a fine to the village
  • Homes have no windows which in theory are to keep it cool
  • The village has greatly expanded and continues to grow
  • Men sleep in one room and the women sleep with the children in another

Overall, it was very good tour and we had a knowledgeable guide. I’m glad we went in the morning because it was a bit quieter. One of my friends who had previously done the same tour said he felt pressured to buy a lot of the stuff for sale, however, I didn’t have that happen to me.

Subsequently, Richard and I continued to the waterfalls. We drove and drove and drove for another hour and a half. Indonesian drivers are a little crazy but the traffic was not too bad (thankfully)! Most of the people on the road have scooters and frequently pass each other.

At the base of Mount Ringani lie numerous waterfalls. I was particularly interested in Air Terjun Benang Stokel. Its cool clear water falls from a height of 20 meters over a cracked rock wall covered with green foliage. This waterfall is a five minute walk from the car park.  Benang Kelambu Waterfall is my favourite. Its water flows from crevices of rock from a height of 35 meters and the has has several pools running at the bottom that you can swim in. This waterfall is about a 25 minute walk from the car park. I’m glad I brought my bathing suit and went for a dip!

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