By H. G. Schulte Nordholt (auth.)
lowe the current booklet to the encouragement and advice of my pals, for which i'm moSll: indebted to them. this is applicable within the first position to Dr. P. Middelkoop, who labored in Timor for greater than thirty years as a missionary and bible translator. My gratitude for the entire support he has given can infrequently be expressed in phrases, and that i can do not more than easily say that this booklet is to a wide quantity additionally his e-book - the writing of it may possibly now not were finished with no his valued suggestions. He has given up many a night to the an swering of my numerous questions together with his inexhaustible wisdom of the language and tradition of the Atoni. am additionally deeply thankful to Professor L. Onvlee, who acted as my I manager through the coaching of the D1.lII:ch model of this publication for submission as a doctoral thesis (H et Politieke Systeem van de A toni van Timor, Driebergen, 1966, 278 pp.). yet for the numerous stimulating conversations i used to be capable of get pleasure from with him i'd by no means have bought the method of our topic which lies on the foundation of this e-book, specifically that the fundamental element is the research of guy in his tradition, and that even within the research of 1 specific element of a cul.ture we're facing the tradition as a complete and with guy because the bearer of that cuLture.
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Or so. The wet season here usually sets in a little before January. Similarly the entire area which lies to the north of the central mountains in the interior, with peaks as high as 1774 m. (the Fatu Timau) and 2427 m. the (Nuaf Mutis), has a positively long dry season even at very high altitudes. On the southern side of these ridges, which coincide approximately with the watershed between the north and south coasts, the rainfall is much more favourable. , though under 100 mm. Consequently these months, according to Mohr,36 may be classified neither as dry nor as wet months.
D instead of E. Kapan, with only little more than two dry months as against over nine wet months, belongs to group B instead of C as indicated on the Schmidt and Ferguson chart. Ormeling 39 observes in passing that the chart of Timor prepared by Meijer Drees does not sufficiently take into account the differences in altitude. This is perfectly correct. All of the mOlUltain country of the centre and part of the hill country on the southern side of the divide should be classified one category wetter whilst, conversely, the driest parts of the north coast belong to group G instead of F; Manatuto to the east of Dilly, with only one month (December) with a rainfall of 103 mm.
There was probably very little intermixing, or none at all, between these ethnic groups for many centuries. Although there was some mixing with neighbouring groups, as Lammers' study has revealed, there was none over larger distances. Culturally speaking this is indicative of only a low frequency of social contacts over greater distances. Of course this proves little as regards differences or similarities in culture. It is only to be expected, however, that isolated groups will preserve their own culture and that with different groups a culture will evolve differently, irrespective of any differences or similarities there may have been to begin with.