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Traditional Culture(1895)Expand All +
Belief +

Supernatural Beings

Nature Spirits Present, and a major focus of supernatural practice (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 25-36
Nature god(s) Present, and a major focus of supernatural practice (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 25-36
Ancestral spirits Present, but not a major focus of supernatural practice (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 25-36
Ferrell (1969), pp. 37
Deified ancestor(s) Absent (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 25-36
Ferrell (1969), pp. 37
God(s) Present, and the principal focus of supernatural practice (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 25-36

Supernatural Punishment

Supernatural punishment for impiety Present (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 27

Afterlife and Creation

One's actions while living can affect the nature of one's afterlife One factor in determining one's afterlife (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 32-33
The actions of others after one has died can affect the nature of one's afterlife One factor in determining one's afterlife (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 32-33
Myth of humanity’s creation Present, and evolutionary (Source)
Ferrell (1969), pp. 37
Primordial pair Absent (Source)
Ferrell (1969), pp. 37

General Features

Forces of nature are controlled by or imbued with the supernatural Present (Source)
Ferrell (1969), pp. 37

Mana

Mana as a spiritual or religious concept Absent (Source)
Blust (2007)
Keesing (1984)
Blevins (2008)
Mana as a personal quality Absent (Source)
Blust (2007)
Keesing (1984)
Blevins (2008)
Mana related to social influence or technical skill Absent (Source)
Practice +

General Supernatural Practices

Headhunting Present (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 25-27
Costly sacrifices and offerings Present (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 32, 35
Largest religious community Larger than a local community, smaller than the society (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 141
Political and religious differentiation Considerable overlap between religious and political leaders (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 141

Rites

Tooth pulling Present in the culture as a rite or feature of a rite (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 30
Piercing Present in culture, but not as a rite or feature of a rite (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 140
Baldick (2013), pp. 29-32
Tattooing Absent from culture (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 140
Genital cutting Absent from culture (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 29-32
Social Environment +
Population 1800 (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 138
Alvarez (1927)
Population of largest political community 100-999 (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 138, 141
Importance of Patrilateral descent High (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 140
Importance of Matrilateral descent Low (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 140
Polygamy Monogamy prescribed (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 140
Marital residence Patrilocal or virilocal - with husband's kin (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 140

Conflict

(No) external warfare Common, at least every five years (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 138, 141
(No) internal warfare Frequent, occurring at least yearly (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 141
Isolation +
Contact with other cultures Frequent, through trade, warfare, travel, etc. (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 138
Distance to closest landmass inhabited by a different culture (km) 0.0 (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 138
Distance to nearest continent 236.5 (Source)
Blundell (2000), pp. 44, 182
Daft Logic Distance Calculator (2014)
Pre-Austronesian population Present: Clear evidence of human occupation prior to Austronesian settlement (Source)
Blust (1996)
Hindu / Buddhist influence on supernatural belief No evidence of influence and not in region of known contact (Source)
Cribb (2000), pp. Maps 2.21, 2.23
Islamic influence on supernatural belief No evidence of influence and not in region of known contact (Source)
Cribb (2000), pp. Map 2.23
Christian influence on supernatural belief No evidence of influence but in a region where contact is likely (Source)
Baldick (2013), pp. 5, 25-36
Subsistence and Economy +

Land-based means of subsistence

Animal husbandry as a source of food Medium (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 139
Land-based hunting performed by individuals Minor (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 139
Land-based hunting performed by one or more groups Medium (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 139
Agriculture / Horticulture Principal (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 139

Water-based means of subsistence

Fishing and water-based hunting performed by one or more groups Minor (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 139
Fishing and water-based hunting performed by individuals Medium (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 139
Metalworking Absent (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 139
Physical Environment +

Geographical Range of Culture

Number of islands inhabited by culture One (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 138

Features of Island with Largest Culture Population

Island type (island with largest culture population or largest island if unknown) Continental island (Source)
Copper (2021)
Island Size (km²) 32260.0 (Source)
Ding et al (2005), pp. 300
Maximum elevation (meters) 3952.0 (Source)
Ding et al (2005), pp. 300

Location

Latitude 23.4 (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 138
Google Maps (2014)
Longitude 120.7 (Source)
Lebar (1975), pp. 138
Google Maps (2014)
Post Contact History(1895-2014)Expand All +
Religious History +

Conversion

Adoption of a world religion Present and predominant (Source)
Hipwell (2007), pp. 886
Secular History +

Demographic and Social Changes

Foreign government systems Present, and of high importance (Source)
Chen & Lin (2000), pp. 254-255
Hipwell (2007), pp. 886
Immigration Absent (Source)
Chu (2000), pp. 1026
Language shift High (Source)
Chen & Lin (2000), pp. 255-256
Foreign education systems High (Source)
Chen & Lin (2000), pp. 254
Law (2002), pp. 66

Economic Changes

Changes in means of subsistence High (Source)
Hipwell (2007), pp. 883, 887
Exportation of goods to other cultures Present and substantial (Source)
Hipwell (2007), pp. 887, 886, 889

Modern Infrastructure

Vehicles and roads Present and widely used (Source)
Hipwell (2007), pp. 886, 890, 893
Chen & Lin (2000), pp. 253, 255
Air travel Absent (Source)
Chen & Lin (2000), pp. 253, 255
Wang et al (2004), pp. 353
Sea port Absent (Source)
Chen & Lin (2000), pp. 253, 255

Loss of Autonomy

Nature of loss of autonomy Largely involuntary (Source)
Rubinstein (2007), pp. 180
Lebar (1975), pp. 128-129, 141
Loss of political autonoomy High (Source)
Chen & Lin (2000), pp. 254-255
Lebar (1975), pp. 128-129, 141
Current Culture(2014)Expand All +
Belief +

Religious Demographics

Dominant world religion Christianity (Source)
Hipwell (2007), pp. 886
Chen & Lin (2000), pp. 255
External Links
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Law, W. (2002). Education Reform in Taiwan: A Search for a 'National' Identity through Democratisation and Taiwanisation. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 32 (1), 61-81. DOI: 10.1080/03057920120116535

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Wang, R., Ho, C., Feng, C., & Yang, Y. (2004). A Comparative Analysis of the Operational Performance of Taiwan's Major Airports. Journal of Air Transport Management, 10 (5), 353-360. DOI: 10.1016/j.jairtraman.2004.05.005