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Ermata

Date
14-Apr-2011
Description
In the Maubise village of Tartehi each year in March or April traditional 'new year' rituals are carried out to honour and recreate relationships and alliances across time and space. This annual agricultural ceremony continues over three days and includes a harvest festival, a new year celebration and a ceremony carried out at sacred springs Ermata and Ertama to ritually 'cool' the community. Honouring ancestral connections, it begins with people across the valley gathering at Tartehi sacred house complex where ritual drumming and sacred narrative accounts are told by elders to those present well into the night. Over the subsequent days as the number of people gathered continues to swell, the group set off on a circular procession through the landscape meeting up with the custodians of particular sacred sites along the way. In total they carry out celebratory rituals and offerings at seven sites, culminating in a ceremony at two ritually paired male and female springs (understood as the origins or sources of the community).

Iha bee matan Ermata, iha Tartehi, Muabisi, tinan tinan komunidade sira halo ritualaihuka. Ne'eritual ida ne'ebe atu kompleta ritual saur to'os ka mambiuka ne'e. Ritual ida ne'e rasik nudar prosesu ida atu komunidade hotu lao tuir fali bee matan hotu ne'ebe iha knua laran hodi husu agradesimentu ba bei-ala sira nomos ispiritu sira ne'ebe hein bee ne'e. Ritual aihuka ne'e mak rohan husi ritual saur to'os no piut besi.Iha Suco Maubisi, liu-liu ba knua Tartehi, Lekitehi no Goulala halao ritual aihuka ne'e iha bee matan Ermatu no Ertama.Komunidade sira iha sei lao husi knua laran no ba dahuluk sei ba bee matan Ermatu nebe iha fatin lulik ida naran 'Helumau Aitir Ermata nor Usnei'. Kondisaun uniku ida husi bee matan hotu iha Sub distrito Maubisi ne'e mak bee matan hotu-hotu iha bee matan feto no bee matan mane[1][1]. Klasifikasaun bee matan feto no bee matan hodi halo tuir tradisaun fase matan nian. Bainhira labarik mane ida moris mai mak iha loron hitu tuir mai sei fase matan husi bee ne'ebe ba kuru iha bee matan mane ne'e. Nune mos ba labarik feto ida, mak bee ne'ebe sei uja ba fase matan sei ba kuru husi bee matan feto (Tetum text by by Demetrio do Amaral Carvalho)


[1][1] Bee matan feto no bee matan mane fisikamente konstrui husi bei-ala sira ho hada fatuk hanesan tanki ka posu ki'ik ne'ebe ikus mai sira temi ida nudar bee matan feto no ida seluk nudar bee matan mane.
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