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Ear-Shooting Festival (Mala-Ta-Ngia) of Bunun Tribe 2020

Feel the spirit of the Bunon tribe during an interesting aboriginal ritual

Ear-Shooting Festival (Mala-Ta-Ngia) of Bunun Tribe in Taiwan 2019 - Best Time
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The Ear-shooting Festival is a yearly event held in April and May in Sanmin and Taoyu. The name of the festival comes from past times when shooting a deer's ear was considered the toughest feat in hunting. Men went hunting and returned home with the spoil. Then they hung special carcases of wooden frames for young boys to practise shooting the dead animal. Nowadays this ritual is the only hunting event and very special for Bunun people.

Ami aborigines participating in a festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan 2019
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Ami aborigines participating in a festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Numerous tourists visit this event as well as the members of eight tribes. This festival includes pig hunting, wrestling, archery, and traditional ear-shooting. There you can also visit agricultural markets with fresh sweet peaches and see traditional handicrafts.

Ear-Shooting Festival (Mala-Ta-Ngia) of Bunun Tribe in Taiwan - Best Season 2019