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Narratives of Atauro: what oral tradition tells us about the history of an island

As Narrativas de Atauro: O Que Diz a Tradição Oral Sobre a Historia de Uma Ilha

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The territory of the island of Atauro, in Timor Leste, has been in the past the subject of internal conflicts between the three dialectal groups that compose the population, revealing the difficult life conditions on an island with limited water resources. The narratives about places given by the inhabitants allow us to unders- tand the representations of the island space and to formulate some hypotheses on its settlement. The article explores the mythology of the birth of the island, the creative opposition of the elder and younger brothers, and the mentions of other populations that were annihilated or conquered, all of which are embodied in the landscape that supports the stories. These stories reveal the alternation of insular unity and singu- larity, the fickleness of ancient alliances and the centrality that the inhabitants give to their island, a microcosm of the world.
O território da ilha de Ataúro, em Timor Leste, tem sido objecto de conflitos internos entre os três grupos dialetais que compõem a população, revelando as difíceis condições de vida numa ilha com recursos hídricos limitados. As narrativas sobre o lugares fornecidas pelos habitantes permitem-nos compreender as representações do espaço da ilha e formular algumas hipóteses sobre o seu assentamento. O artigo explora a mitologia do nascimento da ilha, a oposição criativa dos irmãos mais velhos e mais novos, e menciona outras povoações aniquiladas ou conquistadas, todas encarnadas na paisagem que suporta as narrativas. Estas histórias revelam a alternância da unidade insular e da singularidade, a volubilidade das antigas alianças e a centralidade dos ilhéus na sua ilha, um microcosmo do mundo.
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Dominique Guillaud. Narratives of Atauro: what oral tradition tells us about the history of an island. Dialogos, Journal of Foreign Languages Departments, 2021, 6, ⟨10.53930/348523⟩. ⟨ird-03498048⟩
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