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AuthorNordholt, H. G. Schulte. author
TitleThe Political System of the Atoni of Timor [electronic resource] / by H. G. Schulte Nordholt
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1971
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lowe the present book to the encouragement and guidance of my friends, for which I am moSll: indebted to them. This applies in the first place to Dr. P. Middelkoop, who worked in Timor for more than thirty years as a missionary and bible translator. My gratitude for all the help he has given can hardly be expressed in words, and I can do no more than simply say that this book is to a large extent also his book - the writing of it could not have been accomplished without his valued assistance. He has given up many an evening to the anยญ swering of my countless questions with his inexhaustible knowledge of the language and culture of the Atoni. am also deeply grateful to Professor L. Onvlee, who acted as my I supervisor during the preparation of the D1.lII:ch version of this book for submission as a doctoral thesis (H et Politieke Systeem van de A toni van Timor, Driebergen, 1966, 278 pp.). But for the many stimulating conversations I was able to enjoy with him I would never have acquired the approach to our subject which lies at the basis of this book, namely that the essential point is the study of man in his culture, and that even in the analysis of one particular aspect of a cul.ture we are dealing with the culture as a whole and with man as the bearer of that cuLture


I. The People and their Environment -- II. The Economic Life -- III. The Kinship System -- IV. The Religion -- V. The Political Communities of Timor in the Pre-Colonial Period -- VI. The Political System of Insana -- VII. Belu, Beboki and Fialaran -- VIII. The Immediate Sphere of Influence of Sonbaโ{128}{153}i -- IX. The Princedoms Beyond the Immediate Sphere of Influence of Sonbaโ{128}{153}i -- X. The Functioning of the Political Community in Timor -- XI. The System of the Political Community in Timor. Summary -- XII. The Political System of the Atoni as Viewed by Modern Science and as Classified by Timorese Thinking -- XIII. Totality, Unity and Adaptability of the System -- XIV. The Place of the Culture of the Atoni in the Indonesian Culture Province -- List of Abbreviations used in the Bibliography -- List of Timorese Words -- Index of Names

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