Look at these indigenous priests playing on the swings!…… Wait, are these 70-year-old priests really “playing”?
Not really! They are doing the Seeding Ceremony!
Every first day of the 3rd month of the lunar calendar is the Thao people’s Seeding Ceremony when the people go seeding in the very morning. On the 3rd day, the people start to worship to the ancestral spirits. Finally, the highlight comes on the 5th day (which is Apr 4 in 2014) and the tribal people will go playing on the swings!
They are not really “playing” on the swings actually. The Thao people say the way a swing swings is just like a rice ear swinging in the wind. And so the higher a priest swings, the more likely the people will have a prosperous new year of harvest!
And so, if you happen to visit the beautiful Sun Moon Lake on Apr 4 in Taiwan, make sure to visit the communities of Thao for their interesting Seeding Ceremony!
- 9:30am – 9:50am: Priests praying for the ceremony
- 10:00am – 11:10am: Thao people swing on the swing in the order of the ages
- 11:30am – 12:00am: Other villagers and visitors swing
- 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
Some Must-Knows Before the Visits
- Visitors are not allowed to enter the ceremony site unless accompanied by any Thao people.
- Thao people must put on the traditional costumes to finish the ceremony.
- Women with menstruation are not allowed to approach the ceremony site.
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Photo via 滿田 彌生