Subsistence level farming is the occupation of 90-95% of the people of Timor. Life outside the towns operates according to age-old traditions involving the seasons and planting, family lineage, and ceremony both traditional and occasional (i.e. birth, death and marriage).
Dancing, singing, costume and musical ceremony (using gongs and drums) are all used to celebrate or ask for help from the deities. Some of the occasions that call for these ceremonies are: for planting and to ask for prosperity and good weatherfor the spinning of cotton for the smooth running of village or regional affairs; for weddings and other celebrations; and the offering of friendship and reaffirmation of allegiance through royalties or tribute along with the ever present betel nut.
From East Timor
Travel from Sept 16 to Oct 21
Thanks Veronica and Tanty !