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Our Lady’s Child?

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Take a guess: Is the following a German fairytale? Or is it a Taiwanese folktale?

Once upon a time, a beautiful girl was born to a terribly impoverished family. 944 more words

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Matriarch

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To the vast majority of the islanders, the far side of Taiwan—the island’s hidden eastern coastline—represents a world unto itself. Isolated, the east coast is protected by some of Asia-Pacific’s most formidable mountains to its north, south, and west and the vast emptiness of the Pacific Ocean to the east. 780 more words

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Austronesian Language Family

A research by Dhani Irwanto, 16 January 2017

The Austronesian language family stretches halfway around the world, covering a wide geographic area from Madagascar to Easter Island, and from Taiwan and Hawai to New Zealand. 2,748 more words

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Language of the Month: Tagalog

Coming from an ethnically mixed background, I’m used to hearing another language spoken in the household or when visiting our relatives on the other side of the world. 2,005 more words

Dwarves Who Fell

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Legends and myths about “the little folk” are common throughout the world. From pygmies and pixies to dwarves and fairies, these fantastic beings are found in the traditional tales of cultures as far-flung as those of Greece, Germany, India and Indonesia. 812 more words

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Paiwan Origin Myths

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With a population of around ten thousand, the aboriginal Paiwan people forms the third largest Austronesian ethnic group of Taiwan. The Paiwan’s traditional territory span both sides of the southern portion of Taiwan’s central mountain range. 750 more words

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Tattooed Faces

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The Atayal people (also Tayal or Tayan), of the mountains of north-central Taiwan, are an Austronesian people who have called the island home for thousands of years. 492 more words

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