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5 Harvest Rituals around the World


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Paiwan Rice Harvest Ritual
In Taiwan, gathering rice is a large part of their harvest ritual.
In Taiwan, gathering rice is a large part of their harvest ritual.
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The largest tribal group in the country of Taiwan is the Paiwan, an aboriginal tribe. They make up close to 20 percent of the population of Taiwan, and like most Asian cultures, they depend on the rice harvest as a means of sustenance and income. The Paiwan have harvest rituals based around both rice and millet crops. Each year, there's a ceremony led by an official that includes tribal members placing harvested millet grains in a granary for the gods. They also select the best millet grains for seeding the upcoming crop. The Paiwan also pay tribute to the gods by eating millet from the current season.


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