The morning view from Senaru Village was remarkably beautiful. How I wish I have a kampung as beautiful as this. After all that was said during post-mortem the night before, I was relieved to discharge my responsibility on that very day. We were going separate ways today. Four of us would go to Kuta, Lombok and the rest to Bali.
Oh boy, the scenery from Senaru to Mataram aroused our interests as to the daily life of Lombokians. We passed by morning wet market, a stretch of beautiful beaches, locals, and everything Lombok. I was seated on the second row inside the van, so I had the opportunity of asking direct questions to Ming, the guide and the van driver.
One of the many questions asked was Wektu Telu. Wektu Telu is a unique cult practised by Sasak people of Lombok. Although Sasaks are predominantly Muslim as compared to the Balinese who are Hindus, according to historians, Sasaks mixed Islamic basic beliefs with those of Hindu Buddhist beliefs.
Wektu Telu means the result of three (3). Three religions of Islam, Balinese and Hinduism. A series of related trinities: Allah, Mohammed and Adam. Analagous to the sun, moon and the stars. Relate to heaven, earth and water. The most prevalent feature of Wektu Telu is that the practitioner performs 3 prayers a day as compared to the sunni Muslims. They don’t perform the haj in Mecca. They fast only three days in Ramadan instead of a month and they eat pork. The Wektu Telu bow in prayer only on 3 occasions; 1) every Friday, 2) on Eid’ul Fitri or Eid Mubarak, 3)Prohet Muhammad’s birthday.
Wektu Telu believes that during birth, four siblings escape from the womb: blood, egg, placenta and amniotic fluid. The afterbirth has to be treated with care or else they will harm the child. This is where the offerings come into picture. After the afterbirth was buried, the child is scattered with ashes.
It was documented by Richard Bangs in his book, Adventure Without End, that the easiest place to encounter Wektu Telu would be at the sacred hot springs near the top of Mount Rinjani. For Wektu Telu, Nenek, a sexless yet a powerful spirit sits on her throne near the summit of Mount Rinjani. The Wektu Telu makes pilgrimages to Mount Rinjani to pay homage to ‘Nenek’.
Upon the little explanation given by the driver and our guide and on further reading on the internet, Wektu Telu is still a subject to my curiosity. Our journey continued on and I asked further why the goats were tied with a stick at their necks. To avoid them from trespassing and fighting with fellow goat. Yes, I like to ask every little detail when travelling. Even one small difference can proffer a wide gap for 2 different places.
Apart from Cha and Jia who had to be dropped at the new International Lombok Airport, the rest of us stopped at Mataram Mall. In fact, Mataram Mall was the first place in Lombok I had explored! Oh the memories rushed in. Most of us wanted to shop for outdoor gears! We were told there was Eiger in the mall and two other outdoor shops within walking distance from the mall. Oh, we stopped by at the KFC restaurant before indulging ourselves in a shopping spree. Even the KFC is different now. Equipped with computers and free of charge internet connection. While teenagers at home country opt for social media network in the like of Facebook, Twitter etc, the teenagers in Lombok are still playing computer games like Solitaire and Hearts.
And may the shopping spree begin.