Typical Mambai house in Northern Ainaro
The Mambai (also Mambae, Manbae) are the second largest ethnic group in East Timor. Their language is also called Mambai (or Mambae, Manbae).
The Mambai number about 80,000 from the interior of Dili District to the south coast of the territory, especially in the districts of Ainaro and Manufahi. Circular houses with conical roofs are typical dwellings, and the Mambai cultivate maize, rice, and root vegetables.
Ethnically Mambai politicians include Francisco Xavier do Amaral, Manuel Tilman, Lúcia Lobato, and Fernando de Araújo.
- ^ Mambai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mambae". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
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- ^ Tony Wheeler, East Timor, Lonely Planet, 2004, p. 93.
- ^ Asian survey, University of California Press, 2003, Volume 43, Issues 4-6, p. 754
- ^ International Crisis Group, Asia Briefing N°65, 13 June 2007
- ^ a b East Timor Legal Information Site, 2007