Bau Nyale (Fangen Nyale)

Central Lombok regency is one of the Level II in West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. In this area there is a coastal tourist, very attractive and frequently visited by tourists.

worm eat search baunyale beach Every once a year, between February and March on the 20th day of the 10th month on the traditional Sasak Calendar, in this place held a party or ceremony which is known with Bau Nyale, this ceremony tradition inherited from generation to generation by the Sasak tribe before the 16th century.

kuta lombok beach worms bau nyale Bau in the Lombok language means .to-catch. and Nyale is a type of sea worm (anelida polycaetae) that surface only around this time of the year.

The sea worm live in holes the rock below the see level and reproduce by eggs.
The legend the ancient times, there lived a beautiful princess in Tonjang Baru Kingdom named Princess Mandalika.

Stories about her beauty from Princess Mandalika reached every corner of the island; so that many princes around the area fell in love with her and were eager to wed her.

bau nyale eating worms If Princess Mandalika refuse one princess of the king's proposal would lead to war.
Seeing this, the princess was saddened and longed for peace in the land.

To end the chaos, Princess Mandalika took the decision on the 20th day of the 10th month to throw herself in to the see. The people tried to rescue her, but they just found of sea worms, today as Nyale. Trusted by the public until now that is the incarnation of Princess Mandalika.

people eating worms lombok sasak Nyale ceremony is always coupled with a variety of traditional arts such as Betandak (unrequited rhyme), Bejambik (giving the gift to a lover), The Wayang Kulit (Leather puppets Show), Belancaran (rowing boat races), and the performance of the Nyale Princess (Putri Mandalika).

For the Sasak people, Nyale used for various purposes such as: fine dining (Emping Nyale), sown to rice for the fertility of rice, side dishes, and other powerful drugs that are magical in accordance with their respective beliefs.