Meaning of timáwà



Originally a freeman, a privileged citizen who was not subject to taxation, but was liable to help his chief (dátò) in case of national defense, etc. A "timáwa" was usually in charge of a "barangáy". At present "timáwà" very often means: the ordinary, respectable, common citizen, the common run of people, the (unimportant) members of a community; to free, set free, liberate. (see kasimánwa, banwahánon, luás, dátò-chief, chieftain, headman; ulípon-slave; tumarámpok-serf (farmer) that in former times held a middle position between the timáwà and the ulípon).