Origin and Legend of Indigenous People
Long before the emergence of written texts, people were orally passing on many colorful legends to preserve their history.There are many indigenous legends in Taiwan, particularly about glass beads. There are also legends about the origin of various tribes, which are based on interesting stories such as those about an earth birth, rock birth, sun birth, bamboo birth and snake birth. According to such legends, the ancient peoples in Taiwan were frequently troubled by floods, which corresponds with the melting glaciers, rising sea levels and changes in the natural environment that occurred long ago. Legend about sailing across the ocean are related to the idea that prehistoric inhabitants in Taiwan came here by sea. Both scientific evidence and legends support the idea that the indigenous people now living in Taiwan were the earliest inhabitants of the island.