HISTORY & CULTURE


Timor-Leste was colonized by Portugal in the 16th century, and Japanese was in 1942-1943, Indonesia was from 1975 to 1999 (during 24 yeras), on May 20, 2002 Timor-Leste was officially declared its restauration of independance from United Nations. 

Timor is the Malay word which means “east”. The island of Timor is part of the Malay archipelago and the largest and easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands.

English speaking countries occasionally confusion of East Timor and Timor-Leste, people think that there are two different counties, but actually in English is known as East Timor and Timor-Leste is in Portuguese language, and also in local language it is called Timor Lorosa’e. However, the official name of the country under the Timor-Leste’s constitution is the República Democrática de Timor-Leste.

The Timor-Leste culture reflects a variety of cultural influences, including Portuguese, Roman Catholic and Malay, on the native Austronesian cultures of Timor. Legend tells that a giant crocodile was transformed into the island of Timor, or Crocodile Island, as it is frequently called. Like Indonesia, the culture of Timor-Leste has been very much influenced by Austronesian legends, while the Catholic influence is stronger, the people of Timor-Leste are predominantly Roman Catholic.


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