Legends from Timor
On the following pages, you can have a glimpse at Timor, as seen through
the imagination of its people... and appreciate the extraordinary ability
of the Maubere in merging imagination and reality, which has been, throughout
the centuries, a characteristic of their every day life!
These traditional tales were taken from Fernando Sylvan's anthology of traditional
maubere tales and myths Cantolenda Maubere - the legends of the Mauberes,
edited by FABC. We were unable to display the whole of its wonderful pictures
by AntÛnio P. Domingues, so, in case you wish to get the book, please
see some more information under FABC - Borja da Costa
Austronesian Foundation .
Some more tales are also referred in our Bibliography
The Crocodile That Became Timor
The Giant of Manufahi
The Song of the Fallen Warrior
The Voice of the Liurai of Ossu
The Way Out of Paradise
The First Horse Race
Peace on the Tchi·ru Plateau
The simple green pictures are traditional timorese designs, and were taken
from Ruy Cinatti's Motivos ArtÌsticos Timorenses e a sua integraÁ"o.