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An East Timorese Domain Luca from Central and Peripheral Perspectives
Monash Univ, Australia.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4758-191X
Univ Melbourne, Australia.
2017 (English)In: Bijdragen Tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, ISSN 0006-2294, E-ISSN 2213-4379, Vol. 173, no 2-3, 325-355 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The East Timorese kingdom Luca is described as the hegemon of the eastern parts of Timor in some nineteenth-century works. This is gainsaid by other data, which point to the existence of a multitude of petty kingdoms. This article scrutinizes Luca's claim to power from a number of angles, utilizing European records and contemporary anthropological fieldwork. First, we analyse the claims of the centre as reflected in colonial and indigenous narratives. Second, we investigate narratives from the 'periphery', that is, the minor adjacent domains of Vessoro and Babulo. Third, we offer a comprehensive discussion of Luca's role from a wider geographical perspective. In this way we produce a 'general account' that situates the symbolic and historical significance of Luca within the Timorese understanding of time, ritual, and power.

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2017. Vol. 173, no 2-3, 325-355 p.
Keyword [en]
East Timor, Luca, historiography, oral tradition
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History Cultural Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Cultural Sociology; Humanities, History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67968DOI: 10.1163/22134379-17302020ISI: 000408731100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-67968DiVA: diva2:1141427
Available from: 2017-09-14 Created: 2017-09-14 Last updated: 2017-09-14Bibliographically approved

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