Lulik – the Heart of East Timor




The Uma Lulik are East Timorese sacred huts


 

The Uma Lulik are East Timorese sacred huts, and have been described as ‘the centre of everything, the umbilical cord between the past and the present; for those alive, it is a secured reservoir of past memories and wisdom; for the dead, it is a timeless place, where history is constantly renewed.’

In 2002, after a long and bloody struggle, East Timor gained independence from Indonesia. Since then, the Timorese government has sought to rebuild and restore the Uma Lulik, many of which were destroyed by the Indonesians. Today East Timor remains one of the world’s youngest and poorest countries, yet the Uma Lulik provide a vital cultural link with East Timor’s oldest and most deeply held beliefs, and their relevance to contemporary society.

The ABC’s Radio National recently produced a program on Uma Lulik of East Timor. You may listen to this program here.