ANC E STORS IN TH E ARCHIT E CTUR E : INDIG E NOUS ART FRO M TAIWAN – TAASA Review June 2010

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Lucie Folan A ncestor imagery dominates the art of the animist cultures of Taiwan, where the various indigenous groups are distinct yet closely related in terms of general world view, community organisation and ritual practice.

In broader terms, they have strong linguistic and cultural affinities with other Austronesian communities across Southeast Asia and the Pacific, with whom they share beliefs in powerful interventionist spirits of nature and the dead.

In Taiwan’s traditional Paiwan and Yami communities, art serves a religious function...