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Lulik encounters and cultural frictions in East Timor: Past and present

McWilliam, Andrew; Palmer, Lisa Rebecca; Shepherd, Christopher


In the East Timorese lingua franca, Tetun, the word lulik is often simply translated as 'sacred' or 'forbidden'. But the concept has much wider application as a set of fundamental, philosophical and moral orientations in Timorese social life. In this paper we present six historical and contemporary encounters with lulik, by a range of outsiders from beyond the Timorese tradition. Placed in the context of Sahlin's notion of 'the structure of the conjuncture', they illustrate the way lulik agency...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Anthropology, The
DOI: 10.1111/taja.12101


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