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Contested narratives of the independence struggle in postconfl ict Timor-Leste
Henri Myrttinen

one of the major battlegrounds during the initial years of the independence struggle but is also – as the meaning of its name (‘All Souls’) in Tetum indicates – the spiritual home of the souls of the East Timorese deceased. Over the years I would encounter this belief in the return of Nicolau Lobato and other ‘un-dead’ figures, especially from the early years of the independence struggle time and again.3 Kammen (2009: 400–5) for example notes the adherence of one of the spiritual leaders of Colimau 2000, a ritual/martial arts group, to this Claiming the dead

in Governing the dead