Kalewang

Kalewang

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E-92-1-KELEWANGITS–The Kalewang, also known as obi or surik to the East Timorese, is typically a weapon of war, a status symbol, and a symbol of the worship of nature. The main material of this weapon is determined by the status of the owner.

Its length is about 80 centimeters. Its case and handle are made of buffalo horn. Its handle is ornamented with horse hair, as well as gold, silver, or bronze in the shape of the sun, halfmoon, and star. These symbols represent the beliefs of the East Timorese, long before Catholicism came to this region.Their Sky God (Uruwaku) is considered to be the creator and keeper of the world. These symbols are used to ask for rain, sunlight, generation, health, and welfare.

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