Photographs and Information about Taiwan's Culture, Nature and People by Rich Matheson

Xiang Zhu (向竹) Magic Bamboo Totem

Wulipu, Jiaxian District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Xiang Zhu 向竹 or “Magic Bamboo” — a Plains Aborigine totem. At the Siaolin Plains Aborigine Night Ceremony I was told the seven rungs of straw attached to the bamboo represent the steps to heaven. I had  previously heard they represent the seven sisters worshiped as Taizu 太祖, a Plains Aboriginal Goddess.

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