Journal article

Unity and Division: Caring for Humans and Non-humans in a Divided Land

Lisa Palmer, Balthasar Kehi

Borderlands E-Journal: new spaces in the humanities | Anthony Burke University of Adelaide (Australia) | Published : 2019

Abstract

The border bifurcating the island of Timor was arbitrarily created in the late nineteenth century by the Portuguese and the Dutch. It is a border that has divided and separated the people of the ancient kingdoms of Koba Lima ever since, constraining relationships with their ancestral sacred sites, lands and waters. Timor’s wild animals, plants and natural phenomena challenge this division. Their free co-existence and movement through the region remain essential to the material and spiritual unity of life for people along the border. The ancestral and metaphysical connections they embody and enable are continually honoured in people’s ritual practice and speech, connecting and binding togethe..

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