BigJohn wrote:Hey zoossh! Nice Forumosa name.
Is that the sound of the machete slicing through the air before it lops off the head of its victim?
no, that is zeus, the name of a greek god.
there are many controversy with regards to the contents of this movie.
is it good that such beheading practices are banned? i will say yes, however, the banning of such practices is not in a good intention but to help disarm the aggressiveness that these aborigines had and to avoid resistance against japanese rule. in the same way, the popularity of the talk about "tibetan serfdom" as a reason to rule tibet under the chinese was perpetuated rampantly after the 2008 uprising, despite the facts that chinese will not grant independence even if all the excuses they said are fulfilled (ie no more serfs after independence) and that when china invaded tibet, there is no knowledge of the tibetan cultural environment. however these days, chinese claim that their rule is for the good for the tibetans. we just had to see if the japanese had previously used the same reasons as well.
in my opinion, I hope that tattooing is not being banned at their time, and instead of beheading an enemy, there could be other healthier way of continuing their gaya practices which can be a statement of bravery and manhood. as for today, whether tattooing will cause any discrimination, that is hard to predict but I think it is possible for those who are interested in reviving traditional practices to have subtle tattooing in their chin for symbolic purposes and for fashion as well. it will be healthy also if there is a national sports tournament every year involving the aborigines. I'm pretty certain that under the current government that hold chinese chauvinism, other actions might be difficult (to a lesser degree, hoklo also had certain extent of chauvinism). otherwise, i feel that the state should officially recognise that the aborigines are the first people in the state, the national anthem should recognise that fact in their lyrics and textbooks of Taiwan's history should start their first few chapters on aboriginal history, and all new streets name should have aboriginal name if there is known aboriginal history in that location.