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The Truku

Mythological Background

Legend has it that the Truku tribe’s place of origin is a large stone pillar found on the side of the White Stone Mountain (“Baishi Shan”) in the Central Mountain Range. Only some three or four hundred years ago they began to cross the Central Mountain Range and enter into the confluence areas of the Liwu, Mugua and Taosai Rivers on the East Coast. Their main settlement area is named after their own name for themselves: Truku (alternatively “Truku”), featuring the world-famous Truku Gorge. Today, this area is part of the Truku National Park. The Truku are distributed across Hualien County’s Hsiulin, Wanjung, Chuohsiang and Chi-an, as well as Nantou County’s Jen-ai Township. Their culture and customs are rather similar to those of the Atayal.

A high degree of similarity is also found in the two tribes’ myths and legends, another indicator that in spite of some apparent differences there is still much that connects these two peoples.