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Hunting Token
The hunting token is a sign of strength and bravery. It is usually kept in the tribal leader’s home, placed on the weapon shelf or hung from the middle of the ceiling beam. Women and children are strictly forbidden to touch it. Before a headhunting mission, the token is used during the ceremony that prays for the safety and success of the warriors, who then carry the token with them during the mission. If the mission fails, the token is thrown away and a new one is made for the next mission. The token is an important sign of “supernatural power.”


National Taiwan Museum Digitizing Project of Formosan Aborigines  Collections: the Atayal