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Sakizaya

SakizayaBy Jun-nan Chen
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The Sakizaya is a matrilineal society; husbands are married to the wives and live under their women’s roof. Since their villages are normally found on Hualien or Chilai Plain, they practice fishing and hunting as means of survival. Also due to their early contact with the Kavalan, they learned from them the cultivation of rice and how to work on paddies.
Like the Amis, the Sakizaya also have an age-class system. According to field researches by Japanese scholars, in Dehsin or Sakor, Sakizaya men moved from one age-class or sral to the next level once in five years. Boys aged between the infancy and 15 years old are in the child or wawa class; young men aged between 15 and 23 are in the preparatory youth or kapah class, and they must also participate in the underage group called Masatrot before entering into youth-hood. They will be trained inside the youth house or taloan and obey orders, commands and trainings given by the superior class.