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Lidao is an idyllic village at around 1000m high along the South Cross Island Highway linking the East and West coasts of Taiwan. The people living there belong to an aborigine tribe called Bunun.

The Bunun are best-known for their sophisticated polyphonic vocal music. They speak the Bunun language. Unlike other aboriginal tribes in Taiwan, the Bunun are widely dispersed across the island. In the year 2000 the Bunun numbered 41,038. This was approximately 10% of Taiwan's total indigenous population, making them the fourth-largest tribal group.

Until the coming of the Christian missionaries in the beginning of the 20th century, the Bunun were known to be fierce warriors and headhunters. The Bunun were one of the "high-mountain tribes who traditionally lived in small family units in Taiwan's Central Mountain Range and were hostile to all outsiders, whether they be Chinese immigrants or surrounding aboriginal tribes. " (Wikipedia)

The statue represents a Bunun man accompanied by his faithful dog and carrying a wild pig he just killed in the forest. It stands at the top of the village.

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Bunun legend
"In times long past, two suns shone down upon the earth and made it unbearably hot. A father and a son endured numerous hardships and finally shot down one of the suns, which then became the moon. In its wrath, the moon demanded that father and son would return to their own people to tell them that they henceforth had to obey three commandments or face annihilation.

The first was that they had to constantly observe the waxing and waning of the moon and conduct all rituals and work according to its rhythm.

The second commandment stated that all Bunun had to conduct rituals throughout their lives to honor the spirits of heaven and earth.

The third commandment told them of forbidden behaviours, and forced them to become an orderly and peaceful tribe.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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spikemoz 12 2
1 Apr 2009 7:17PM
Wonderful writeup, gives the pictures much more meaning.


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Maiwand 12 3 73 England
1 Apr 2009 7:40PM
Wonderful series Jean Noel.
Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
1 Apr 2009 7:50PM
What a marvelous series and write-up JNC, such great work.
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
1 Apr 2009 7:59PM
Thanks for the write up, the pictures are wonderful , text givves meaning-- Love the sculpture!
Bodiewil 12 46 Wales
1 Apr 2009 8:00PM
Fabulous series JNC and wonderful narrative as well
GalleryGirl 12 4 2 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 8:08PM
Super series of beautiful images.
Marilyn x
dianah 13 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 8:16PM
A wonderful set Jean Noel and thank you so much for all the information. The colours are superb.
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
2 Apr 2009 5:29AM
Fascinating images, Jean-Noel, and a very interesting write-up. Carol
koka 11 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2009 12:56PM
a beautiful series of shots and wonderful story - thank you for the experience. Great work Katie
barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2009 1:15PM
Love your pictures
And many.many thanks for the write up
So interesting
microchip 12 1 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2009 8:05PM
A cracking set again JNC and a wonderful write up to go with them,
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
5 Apr 2009 8:27AM
great shots and fascinating write up JNC
teocali Plus
11 442 18 England
8 Apr 2009 10:56PM
Fascinating set of images and wonderful write-up. Lovely colours and detail.
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
9 Apr 2009 11:11PM
A first class series of images JNC and a most interesting and informative write up
MorneR 12 South Africa
17 Apr 2009 2:13PM
Well done again...excellent reportage...and series. Keep them comming.
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