Legend has it that in ancient times the Tsou tribe fled
to Yushan to seek refuge from a flood and,after the
flood receded, the god of heaven,Hama, made
footprints between the mountains along which the people migrated and established their villages. The social units were village, clan, joint family and family.The two largest villages today are Dabang and Tefuye.
The two villages are the only ones to have a kuba meeting house. This serves a place for men to train and also as the venue for making important village decisions or ceremonies. The kuba is the holiest place of the Tsou and has various taboos, such as prohibiting the entry of women and requiring that the stove in the middle is kept burning all year round because it represents the fire of life. The male coming of age ceremony is also held here.
Lija is untouched by pollution and its blue skies have led to it being given the name ‘blue village.” One of the most important events of the year is the firefly season in April during which the glimmering lights of the fireflies gracefully through the darkness. A large number of fireflies of several different types can be seen. Firefly watching combined with an eco-tour of the village will give visitors a whole new experience.
Wander Through The Natural Beauty Of Shanmei
Danna-yi Valley is one of the traditional fishing grounds of the Tsou, the name meaning forget your worries language in Tsou language. Danna-yi Valley Ecological Park, established jointly by the people of the tribe, is an ideal choice for eco-tourism. To protect the river’s appearance and resources the people have formed their own patrol team and great success has been achieved, in particular with regards to shovel-nosed minnow conservation.
The main Tsou traditional ceremonies are the seed sowing ceremony, the Homeyaya millet harvest ceremony, the Mayasvi victory ceremony and the life bean fona ceremony, mostly intended to propagate traditional culture. Anyone interested in traditional Tsou ceremonies can refer to the Festivals section.
Last Updated: 2012-02-14 00:00