Book on Sacred Houses released in Oé-Cusse
The book “Relatóriu final kona-ba rezultadu peskisa patrimínu kulturál Uma-Lulik iha Marobo Munisipiu Bobonaro no Rejiaun Espesiál Oecusse” was launched this Friday, 16 August 2019, by the State Secretariat of Art and Culture and the National Commission of Timor-Leste for UNESCO (CNTLU). M
The venue was Suco Lifau (Tula Ika), in Oé-Cusse, and the host of the ceremony, representing the Interim President of the RAEOA Authority – ZEESM TL, Arsénio Bano, was the Regional Secretary for Community Tourism, Inácia Teixeira.
The launch, which featured a small religious ceremony and moments of musical animation and dance, was attended by the Secretary of State for Art and Culture, HE Teófilo Caldas, the Director-General of the National Archives, Horácio Marques, the Executive Secretary of the CNTLU, Cedelizia Santos, and Regional Secretary of Administration, Francisco Marques, among other personalities, including liurais, department chiefs and local leaders.
At the presentation of the book, in Tetum, which studies the sacred houses, their importance to local identity and history, their state and the urgency of preservation, several thanks were made, including the first president of RAEOA – ZEESM TL, HE Mari Alkatiri
The Secretary of State for Art and Culture, HE Teófilo Caldas, praised the study and all the investment made in the promotion of Education and Culture, noting that it is the mission of the current leaders to ensure that the next generations know the History and Culture of their Country, because that also depends on the economy and national development. In the specific case of Uma-Lulik, HE announced that the next state budget should provide a budget of US $ 2 million to support, from 2020 to 2023, the reconstruction of about 500 of these buildings in Timor-Leste.
The Regional Secretary for Community Tourism praised the research, now available in book form, and the appreciation of the material and immaterial heritage that is Uma-Lulik, hoping that this research will be a living document for the next generation to understand their roots and help to preserve and safeguard uma lulik in the future. “Data can be use to promote cultural tourism in RAEOA”, concluded the Regional Secretary.