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Sacred House Inaugurated in Hatobuilico

April 23, 2010
Ambassador Klemm helps prepare for the ceremony

Ambassador Klemm helps prepare for the ceremony

The Embassy and the Culture Secretariat collaborated to refurbish the uma lulik as part of a joint effort to preserve important elements of Timor-Leste’s traditional culture.  Uma luliks in Oecussi, Bobonaro and Lautem are part of the same cultural preservation project.  The total cost is $32,000.

Uma luliks are the spiritual center of communities throughout Timor-Leste.  Each village uses its uma lulik as a gathering place for traditional rituals and as a spiritual resting place for the village ancestors.  The United States provides financial support for uma lulik preservation out of respect for the roots of Timorese national and cultural identity.