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The Amis

Singing and Dancing Abilities Alive in Natural Sentiment

“Amis,” which means “north,” is a name given by the Beinan tribal people from the south.
While the name is adopted by the Amis people in Taitung, those in Hualien call themselves
Pangcah. Amis are the largest aborigine group in Taiwan. As of April 2010, there are 188,797
Amis people in Taiwan, mostly in Hualien, the East Rift Valley, and the East Coast. Particularly
with the East Rift Valley, the Amis live in the Shoufeng, Fenglin, Guangfu,
Ruisui, Yuli, and Fuli Townships in Hualien County, as well as the
Chishang, Guanshan, Luye, and Beinan Townships in Taitung County.  

 


 

Cultural Features photo
 
Cultural Features
A positive emphasis on water:
The Ami came to Taiwan via the sea, and chose to live close to bodies of water. Water is the source of life: Their shamans use water to heal sickness, a bride carries water to express love, water is sprinkled on a grave to recall the ancestors, etc. All of these activities reveal the deep feeling the Ami have for water. The Ami are naturally disposed to optimism, brought about by the long-term conditioning of the large seas and waters. Their rich songs and dance-steps frequently represent various kinds of waves.


Respect for women:
The Ami respect their women, and the name they give their mothers, "Cidar", means "sun". Their traditional red costumes, topknots, garlands, the round shells hanging from their shoulders, and their sash of bells, all symbolize the sun (mother). The words "mother" or "mom" frequently appear in their songs.


 
Respect for the elderly and strict observation of etiquette:
There is strict observation of age-hierarchy organization which is used to determine a person's social status and authority. In an Ami settlement, older people from a higher social class have absolute authority. The elderly have the right of veto during meetings. Etiquette training plays a vital role in implementing rules and ethics concerning age-hierarchy.
Religious Beliefs
According to the shamans, the core of their religious beliefs is "kawas" (spirits). The main kawas of the universe is the creator god Maladaw who lives in the west. He controls the land and the forest, animals and plants, wars, and age-hierarchy organization. The goddess Dogi lives in the north, and is responsible for a person’s life-span, childbirth, gender, marriage, health, and tribal affiliation. The sea god Kafit, who governs the east, is in charge of the sea, weather, navigation, fishing, earthquakes and typhoons. The ancestral spirits live in the south, and protect their clans and family members.
Festivals
The Harvest Festival takes place every July and August. For the Ami, this is one of the most important of their annual celebrations. They celebrate the protection and provision of the ancestral spirits during the past year, and offer thanksgiving. They also request the ancestral spirits to continue protecting the clan members in the New Year, and to provide them with good fortune.
Festivals photo
 

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