Cultural Tips While Visiting Rinjani
DO                                        
  • Smile and greet people, especially elders.
  • Shake hands, gently.
  • Accept hospitality and food. You do not have to eat and drink, but it is polite to ACCEPT.
  • Say goodbye and thank you when you leave.
  • Dress modestly. Women should keep upper arms and thighs covered.
  • Bend down and walk around seated people when you need to pass.
  • Use only your right hand to eat and to hand objects or money to someone.
  • Be sure to sit at the same level as other people.
  • Wear a sarong when entering the house of Melokaq (Adat leader) and when participating in ritual and adat ceremonies.


AVOID
  • Enter houses, building or village without being invited.
  • Wear shoes inside a house.
  • Point at people with your finger. Don’t ever use your foot to point at objects or people.
  • Point the bottom of your feet directly at people whilst sitting on the floor.
  • Touch anyone’s head.
  • Step over people or food on the floor.
  • Eat with your left hand or use your left hand to give or accept objects or money.
  • Raise your voice, especially in anger.


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