The exploit-praising ritual or Malastapang where Bunun hunters or warriors circle up and praise their own exploits is one of the most famous features of the indigenous people. However, do you know the exploit-praising ritual does also take place among other Taiwanese indigenous peoples actually?
For example, Bunun’s neighbors: Paiwan!
This might be a big surprise for many people, as Bunun’s Malastapang is so famous that many thought the ritual is exclusive among Bunun. But not really. And actually the songs for the exploit-praising ritual is among the four typical music genres of Paiwan!
The four typical music genres of Paiwan are the songs for the exploit-praising (Semaljawliyan), the songs for ceremonies, the songs for wedding and funerals, and the songs in daily life. But now the songs for the exploit-praising and for funerals have almost disppeared among the people, only the songs for ceremonies, wedding, and the songs in daily life are still commonly heard by us nowadays.
Luckily, the tradition of the exploit-praising is still well-preserved in a Paiwan tribe in Southeastern Taiwan called Paumuli!
Paumuli is located in Jinfeng Township, Taitung County, where the Paiwan people are famed of being agile and brave. Here the hunters and warriors are still practicing the exploit-praising ritual. Even now the people don’t hunt as often as they used to and don’t practice head-hunting, the men who achieve great success or win recognition in the society, like grasping a championship in a race or getting a PhD Degree, he could still be allowed to praise his own “exploits” in the ritual by the permission of the Chief (mamazangiljan).
The exploit-praising ritual is a serious ritual that no one could lie on his own exploits; otherwise the elders or the chief will denounce him or criticize on him immediately.
Last weekend, the annual Harvest Ceremony took place in Paumuli again and the exploit-praising ritual took place in the ceremony as well. You would like to see how the people do the praising in the video below:
(The video has not yet been translated into English, sorry dude!)
排灣族的保我目里部落（Paumuli）位於台東縣嘉蘭村太麻里溪上游的北岸，從南迴公路轉太麻里街，經東 64 縣道即可到達。部落原來的名字是叫 komnrimu，排灣語裡是「削去」的意思，原因是因為部落位於河階，前後都有陡峭的山壁，就好像被削去一樣。