About the wedding

The Austronesian Wedding is an activity held by the Maolin National Scenic Area Administration featuring the region's indigenous cultures. It follows the wedding traditions of Paiwan and Rukai tribal chiefs in the three townships of Pingbei, Majia, Sandimen and Wutai.

Paiwan wedding

Paiwan people see weddings as an important life event. Only after a wedding will the person be accepted as a new family member, a "grown-up" of the tribe. The wedding means this person has a "home" / "family" of his or her own, and such will be acknowledged by the whole tribe. Then the person receives his or her share of family assets and daily resources, and own the right to his or her harvests in farming fields.

An aristocrat's wedding ("mamazangilan") is quite delicate. It includes the following:

  1. Proposal rite
  2. Sending firewood
  3. Setting up swings
  4. Sending dowry
  5. The wedding