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Dilah Jojor from Lombok

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Every community has unique and different traditions and cultures. These cultural differences create different local wisdom in each community. For people of Lombok, one of the traditions that has become wisdom is lighting theDilah Jojoror often called the Maleman tradition. This tradition is one of the local wisdoms that can be found especially for people of Jabon Tentan Village in Bagu Village, Pringgarata sub-district, Central Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara.


Dilah Jojor comes from the word 'Dilah' which means lamp, and Jojor is a form of lamp taken from the traditional  language of the Sasak tribe. In the Maleman tradition, people usually use Dilah Jojor which measures 15 cm to 30 cm long. Dilah Jojor is made from Jamplung fruit seeds which are peeled and then dried in the sun until completely dry. Next, the dried Jamplung fruit is roasted until it is charred or black, then pounded and mixed with cotton until it is evenly mixed into a dough. The final stage is to attach the dough to a stick made of bamboo, the length of which can be adjusted to suit your needs. Jamplung fruit was chosen as the basic ingredient because it contains a lot of oil so that it can produce a fire that is good for lighting and the fire can even last for a long time.


Maleman tradition itself is carried out on the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan on odd nights only, namely the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th. Usually, the people of Jabon Tentan village light Dilah Jojor in every house on the 25th and 27th. This tradition has not faded despite the time continuously developing with increasingly sophisticated technology, especially in terms of the availability of electric power as lighting which is evenly distributed throughout the Lombok community.

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