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The aborigines of Taiwan : the Puyuma--from headhunting to the modern world /
Josiane Cauquelin.
imprint
London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.
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xviii, 277 p. : ill.
ISBN
0415314135 (alk. paper)
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imprint
London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2004.
isbn
0415314135 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5123578
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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'The ethnology of the Puyuma presents numerous topics of interest, not only to the researchers, but also to the curious readers. The participant observation by the author gives a particular depth and the richness of the present synthesis.' - China Information
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Summaries
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The first comprehensive study of the Puyuma people of Taiwan, this book is based on extensive field research over a period of twenty years. The Puyuma belong to the Austronesian peoples, which today number less than 370,000. In Taiwan, they are the least known of the aboriginal groups, numbering on 6,000, and inhabiting the Southeastern province of Taitung. The Puyuma are today sedentary farmers, but until the last century subsisted on horticulture and hunting. Consisting of several villages forming a traditional community, the village that forms the focus of this study is called Puyuma (or Nanwang for the Taiwanese administration), whose inhabitants number 1300. The study looks at the historical changes in the status and definition of these people in relation to the central state, the criteria by which people determine their own ethnic identity, and the evolution of that identity through history. The increasing awareness in the West of the importance of ethnic relations makes this an especially timely book.
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This is the first comprehensive study of the Puyuma people of Taiwan. Based on extensive field research from over twenty years, this study looks at the historical changes in the status and definition of these people in relation to the central state and the evolution of that identity through history.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
The Island of Taiwan
The Austronesians of the Island
The Puyuma
Linguistics
Ethnonym
Relations with other groups
Demographic summary
The Village
Geographical location of the Puyuma village
Residence
Population of the village
Gods and Men
Spiritual beings, birua
Conception of Souls
Divination
Ritual Practitioners
Rituals
Rituals performed by the benabulu
Rituals performed by shamans
Parishes
Birth and Death
Birth
Death
Family Horizons
Relationship
Marriages
Inheritance
Filiation
Variations in Marriage and their Impact on Gender Status
Dual Organisation and Age-System
Dual Organisation
Age-System
Relationships generated by the System
Head-hunting
Shamans
The Shamans of Nanwang
How to become a Shaman
Accessories
Functions of Shamans
Shamans and Society
Material Civilisation
General Points
Means of subsistance
Handicrafts
The Aborigines in Taiwan Today
Administration before the 1996 elections
Material Aspect
Development of Tourism
Schooling
Consequences of 'plainisation/hanism'
Persistance of Tradition
Birth of an Ethnic Identity
Politicies Implements since the beginning of the 1990s
Appendix
References
Index
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