Head massage used by traditional shamanistic healers in Lombok and Australia

While observing and researching the various healing traditions of Western Lombok in the mid-1990’s, it soon became apparent to me that popot or pungut (head massage) was a fundamental therapeutic technique used in the treatment of many traditional Sasak medical conditions. Popot as it was commonly known was not only used for the relief of … Continued

Betanggeq: Arabic influence in Western Lombok folk medicine

In 1996 while researching healing practices in Western Lombok, I had the good fortune to meet one of the last remaining Belian Daraq (blood physicians) who practiced a form of wet cupping (blood letting) using a buffalo horn or tanggeq. This technique was known as betanggeq. Tools of the trade include a buffalo horn (tanggeq) (pictured … Continued

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