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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


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. 808 more words


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


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


The Rooster’s Crow

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Why do roosters crow? Why do stags have such magnificent antlers? Why do dogs make good deer-hunting companions? This is a short Taiwanese aboriginal folktale that answers these questions. 397 more words


Monoracial? Definitely not!

The Japanese people (日本人 Nihonjin) are an ethnic group native to Japan. Japanese make up 98.5% of the total population of their country. Worldwide, approximately 130 million people are of Japanese descent; of these, approximately 127 million are residents of Japan. 386 more words