Friday, February 14, 2014

Taiwan ROC: Launching canoe in Orchid Island

Members of the Tao tribe during a traditional new canoe launching ceremony (taking it for maiden voyage) on Orchid Island. 
...The Tao believe boats possess a soul. That’s why before it can be launched, spirits need to be pacified; and evil spirits scared away, or exorcised…
…After two days of ceremonial ritual, there’s applause and loud cheers as the boat is put out to sea. It will sail and return to the shore several times….
…The boat launch is a powerful reminder that despite worries about the island’s future, traditional ceremonies can still powerfully unite islanders and make them feel proud about their rich culture…

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