Recorded or Rendered Work - Film, Video

Holding Tightly: Custom and Healing in Timor-Leste

Lisa Palmer, Susanna Barnes

Ronin Films | Published : 2021

Abstract

Healing in Timor-Leste is rarely straightforward. Timorese people acknowledge and embrace multiple pathways to healing in a complex interplay between spiritual care, comfort and personal connection. Through lifelong observation and learning, they trial a variety of practices and pass down their knowledge to the next generation. Holding Tightly observes seven approaches to healing in remote, rural and urban parts of the Baucau municipality in the country’s east, spanning contexts and experiences from the armed resistance era to the independence period. According to their circumstances and access to resources, families share treatments for everyday ailments, while specialist healers hone thei..

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University of Melbourne Researchers