Kingdom of Naitimu / Isl. of Timor – Prov. Nusa Tenggara Timur

The kingdom of Naitimu is located on the island of Timor, District Belu, Nusa Tenggara Timur.

District Belu


Location of Timor

* Foto kings today onTimor: link
* Foto kings of Timor in the past: link

* Foto old sites on Timor: link

* Video history Timor and NTT, century 1 AD – today: link


The king today

Present Raja:  H.H. Raja Vincentius R. Manek of Naitimu (installed june 2007)

History of the kingdom

One of the principalities in the Belu area there is the principality of Naitimu.
Because of some political facts the selection of the rajas of Belu was more or less delayed for several years.
That was still the case, when in 1878 Raja Taek Mauk of Naitimu in north Belu died and the full-blooded royal line could not be continued anymore. In the south of it lying Fialarang federation there were still full blooded, so a request was made to Loro Atok Lulin of Fialarang to be able to adopt his son Prince Fahi Mauk as their new raja.
This raja died in 1890 and again a dasi ran prince had to be requested from a dynasty. Then a son of the Raja of Lidak (nearby Naitimu) was allowed to be adopted as the new raja.
This Raja Don Basenti da Costa ruled until his death in 1914.
One of the principalities there is the principality of Naitimu. Now lying in the sub-district, or kecamatan of Nanaet Dubesi.

Map of kingdoms on Timor, 1900

Kings of Naitimu 

  • Romorok (fl. 1761)
  • Nai Mau (fl. 1832)
  • Taik Mauk (1847-1878)
  • Fahik (1879-1890)
  • Kau Atok and Kau Besi (1890-1894) [sons]
  • Don Basenti (1894-1914) [son of Mariana da Costa of Jenilu]
  • Naitimu merged with Kakuluk Mesak 1914, then with Belu Tasi Feto 1916


Raja Don Basenti da Costa ruled until his death in 1914.
Because he was in 1890 only 7 years old a son of Raja Fahi Mauk was installed as one of the regent-rajas of Naitimu with name Fettor (ruler’s title) Yoseph Atok.
He ruled until 1894, when the new raja was installed.
Regent-Raja Yoseph Atok was accepted by all as the new raja: Raja, or Nai Frans Manek.
But Raja Frans Manek died in 1953 and was succeeded by Raja Balthasar Th. Siri.
Raja Balthasar Th. Siri died 4 july 2001; being 88 years old.

After a selection time the royalty, with the consent of the people of Naitimu, decided to ask the grandson of the very popular Prince Vicentius Mauk Atok to be their new raja. This Prince Vicentius Rodriques Manek (born in 1969) already was then known as a prince with the same dedication and love for his people as his grandfather.
In june 2007 Raja Vicentius Rodriques Manek was installed as the new Raja,or Ama Nai Nanaet Dubesi by Raja Hendrik Tefa of nearby brother area of Mandeu.
The new crownprincess is their oldest daughter Ratu Muda Elisabeth Oktaviani Manek.

This raja also comes from a long line of very important rajas from the principality of Fialarang.The first ruler of his dynastic clan: his greatgrandfather Raja Fahi Mauk (ruled 1878-1890) was the dasi ran son of the 11th loro of Fialarang: Loro Don Anthony Atok Lulin
(already known as crownprince of Fialarang in 1818).

Fransiskus Manek, king of Naitimu

Old maps of Timor

For old maps of Timor  1521, 1550, 1600, 1650, 1733, 1700-an, 1762, 1900: klik here

Timor  1521

Source (only indon. language)

– Sejarah kerajaan Naitimu:
– History of Naitimu:

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