Sacred House Inaugurated in Hatobuilico
April 23, 2010
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.