East Timor Local Customs

  • Dong Son-style houses
    Dong Son-style houses
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  • Meal at the end of a stick
    Meal at the end of a stick
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  • Corn Crops in the mountians
    Corn Crops in the mountians
    by DSwede

East Timor Local Customs

  • Skulls in the Cemeteries

    East Timor is heavily Catholic (~97%), which makes it one of two predominately Catholic countries in Asia (the other being the Philippines). So there is no shortage of Catholic cemeteries and crucifixes on their graves.However, East Timor is also heavily animist. These tendencies predate the Portuguese colonization and religious missionary...

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  • Eating customs

    As a reply to a forum question, here was my reply:Q: Would anyone be able to inform me on the East Timores'e Cultural eating practices. Are there any traditions at meal time? Is it a sit down, family activity?If you going to be dining with locals at their homes, I can't speak as an expert since I only ate a local's house twice. Both times it was...

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  • Still Hunting the Hard Way

    People in East Timor still live a rather hard life, one that is more hand-to-mouth and less about creature comforts.The more removed from the capital city, the more the people are completely self sufficient. The coastal areas live on diets heavily fortified with fish caught by local fishermen. The rest of the diet is a mixture of rice, corn and...

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  • Harvesting Corn Crops

    The food in Timor is similar to some Indonesia food. Its quite common to fry fish, banana and noodles. Also corn is grown on the island more than rice, which surprised me a bit, but therefore corn and cornmeal makes its way into the diet. Food was not spicy, but fairly savory.I found it a bit odd at first to hear from some locals (both from Kupang...

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  • Tetum - The Language of Timor-Leste

    It is best to know some Tetum. The government has adopted the Portuguese language recently as the official language while Tetum remains the national language.Tetum is undergoing development now as it used to be a very much spoken language and hence, much development on written Tetum needs to be done.P.S.: I shall be putting in some common Tetum...

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  • Dili Waterfront - Typical Dili Woman

    This is a picture of a typical Dili woman. When I was taking her picture, she was smiling away, very shy yet curious. The Dili-dwellers love eating betelnut as I saw many of them eating, including this woman.

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  • Dili Waterfront - The Womenfolk

    As you walk along the waterfront, you will get to see fruits stalls selling all kinds of local fruits like bananas, mangoes, papayas, etc. During the lazy afternoon period, you will see the womenfolk who are manning the stalls helping one another to pick out hair lice.

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  • Di'ak Kalae?

    "How are you?"This the way to tell it to an East Timorese, if he doesn't speak English (some 5%, mostly young people do so) or Portuguese (about 30% of the older generation speak and understand it). The local language is called TETUM, the Xmas wishes on top of my home and East Timor pages are in Tetum!!Tetum is nowdays used by most locals, except...

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  • TIMOR Lorosae is culturally...

    TIMOR Lorosae is culturally quite different from neighbouring Indonesia. Their local dialects, now tetum and fataluku, are non-malay languages and their elite speaks Portugues, nowdays just 30% of the population, mainly the elders. Almost all timorese are Catholic Christians, but most respect their animist sacred places and traditions.For more...

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