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lowe the current publication to the encouragement and information of my buddies, 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 rarely be expressed in phrases, and that i can do not more than easily say that this booklet is to a wide quantity additionally his ebook - the writing of it will possibly no longer were complete with no his valued advice. 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 throughout the education of the D1.lII:ch model of this e-book 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 might by no means have got the method of our topic which lies on the foundation of this publication, particularly that the basic aspect is the learn of guy in his tradition, and that even within the research of 1 specific point of a cul.ture we're facing the tradition as an entire and with guy because the bearer of that cuLture.

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The Political System of the Atoni of Timor

Lowe the current booklet to the encouragement and assistance of my buddies, 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 all of the support he has given can hardly ever be expressed in phrases, and that i can do not more than easily say that this booklet is to a wide quantity additionally his ebook - the writing of it will probably no longer were entire with no his valued counsel.

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Man is tom between these two tendencies, one of which seeks to preserve old forms whereas the other strives to produce new ones. There is a ceaseless struggle between tradition and innovation - OOtween reproductive and creative forces". Cassirer looks for polarity especially in the diachronic aspect of culture, in historical change and the counter-forces involved. But this polarity becomes more fundamental still when it is found to exist also in the synchronic aspect of the culture. Even where there is no tension between the forces of stabilization and evolution, OOtween tradition and innovation, because progress as a norm is unknown, there exists, as we shall see, a marked polarity together with the attempt to overcome this by means of a synthesis.

Schmidt and Ferguson, 1952, p. 9. 43 Ormeling, 1955, p. 13. 44 Qp. , p. 54 41 42 34 THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF THE ATONI bridewea1th has been fully paid. In addition people here often have affinal alliances extending over quite large distances within Beboki, so that families from various districts live in Sufa. The raja family, for instance, originally came from the arid plain in the north. Sufa itself lies in the mountains, at an altitude of approx. 800 m. and the extensive Euroki Plain lies rut a distance of barely 10 km.

Here it becomes a typically Timorese river, its bed covered with boulders, sand and gravel, and having a width of 100 - 300 m. At this point we reach the vast central plain of Timor, with eucalyptus trees growing on the elevations, and in the flatter parts coarse grasses and only relatively little alang-alang 57 (used for roofing). Here trees only grow in scattered clusters. Even if these plains have always existed here, which is not an unlikely supposition,58 they have undoubtedly expanded considerably as a result of annual burning down.

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