The long history of colonization of Taiwan is not known to many. When the Dutch colonized it, they called it Formosa. In the treacherous era of Japanese occupation, Taiwan’s indigenous tribes were forced to lose their culture and beliefs. Men were made to toil in hard labor and could not hunt, women became housemaids and could not weave. The brave chief, a skilled warrior, witnessed 35 years of oppressive rule and sufferings of his people. Misunderstanding and distrust between Japanese police and tribesmen elevated tension and the tribe lived in fear of revenge. The chief realized only by standing up to fight for their identity could they become a real man and led his people to return to their hunting ground, guided by their ancestral spirit.
View war epic titled “A Real Man” (in indigenous tongue) and “Live to Pass on Life” (in Chinese) portraying one of the many tribes’ experience produced by internationally renowned John Wu with English subtitle.(Shortlisted in 84th Academy Award for Best Foreign Film 2011 and showed in competition at 68Th Venice International Film Festival)
“No matter how hard we dress ourselves, it’s not going to change our face that is not approved by the civilized.”
“If what the so called civilization makes us kneel in humiliation, I’ll let them see the pride of savage.” (Dialogs of the Indigenous)
In 1896 December 23, a Japanese soldier raped an indigenous girl and triggered the slaughter of 13 soldiers.The army police attacked the tribe but stopped by a steep dangerous gorge. For well over a decade, there were constant conflicts. A new Japanese viceroy initiated attacks on the tribe from four sides and set up tombstones and Shinto relics to commemorate the slaughtered soldiers in 1914.Eight years later Japan surrendered after the Hiroshima bomb.
A Swiss mission bought the site and built a Catholic church shaped like Noah’s Ark in 1956.
When Japan severed diplomatic relationship with Taiwan in 1974 , all colonial memorial sites manifesting imperialistic superiority were to be removed. A Swiss father named Dai Hung Chi (can’t find his real name) salvaged the relics by modifying the Japanese Shinto gate into the Chinese memorial arch and Japanese stone lantern with Chinese red cover. He registered for historic site planning to restore authentic Japanese relics.See father in front of the crucifixion mural.
A blend of Swiss Catholic, Japanese Shinto and Chinese ancestral worship sights. See the Chinese red cover on Japanese stone lantern and baptize well converted from Japanese relic in front of a Chinese style altar with ancestral tabloid in wood.
The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is written on the tabloid :
“Duel of life and death unfolds.
Lord of life resurrected from death
and chain of death is destroyed.”
The church congregation is now made up of mostly indigenous tribal descendants. The chain of hatred is destroyed and humanity in love, faith and hope resurrected from revenge.