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Home > Timor Leste > Culture  > Traditions

East Timor Traditions



East Timor tradition consists of ethno cultural diversities and this is reflected in the languages, literature, arts, music and dance of the country. East Timor Traditions also have a deep rooted connection with mythology and the oral tongue of the people have spread it from one generation to the other. The different ways of evolution of the various kingdoms has a significant role in the development of the East Timor Traditions.

East Timor traditions also points to animist spiritualism which is quite predominant till this time too. The animist religion proclaims that the spirits of the dead people should be worshiped rather than being feared. The spirits are given a shape of materialism with the various objects like wells,, streams, stones, animals and in the Timorese language they are known as Luliks.

East Timor traditions also comprises of the textiles of the country. Timor Leste has a very important textile called the Tais. Tais conveys the beautiful and ancient traditions of East Timor and is mainly crafted by the women of Timor Leste. Timor Leste Art has a deep connection with Tais and consists of simple back straps. Tais also has a special place in the dances, religious gatherings and the special rituals of Timor Leste. Many kinds of products for daily use like Table runners, purses, bags and bookmarks are made out from it.

The role of Portuguese influence on East Timor traditions is also significant and the spread of the catholic religion has taken place mainly due to them.





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