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Tsou Culture

The Tsou tribe of Alishan, formerly called the Cao, are divided into the southern and northern Tsou. Greater Alishan includes the Tsou of eight settlements in Alishan Township:Leye, Dabang, Lijia, Laiji, Shanmei, Xinmei and Chashan. In earlier times the people lived by hunting and farming so many of their ceremonies are related to hunting and war; ceremonies that ask the gods for favorable weather only came into being after farming became the main source of the people’s livelihood.


The most distinctive aspects of the Tsou’s rich culture are their wedding customs, seasonal ceremonies, myths and legends, fishing, hunting and art. The Mayasvi (War Ceremony) is held in the middle of December every year and the Life Bean Ceremony is held in November, both traditional ceremonies being highly distinctive. The Tsou’s grass roofed buildings are a notable feature of their villages, with the kuba, men’s meeting house, the most important. This is an important venue for activities and village ceremonies and also symbolizes the view of the Tsou of the world and of society.

  • Seeing-off of Gods

    Seeing-off of Gods

  • Reception of Gods

    Reception of Gods

  • Kuba


Last Updated:2017-08-04 11:26

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