Atayal Tribe (Taiwan)
Are one tribe of Taiwanese aborigines, The meaning of Atayal is "genuine person" or "brave man." Taiwanese aborigines are Austronesian peoples, with linguistic and genetic ties to other. To earn his facial tattoo, a man had to bring back at least one human head; these heads, or skulls, were highly honored, given food and drink, and expected to bring good harvests to the fields. They were known to be fierce fighters as observed in the case of the Wushe Incident in which the Atayal fought the Japanese. Only those with tattoos could marry, and after death, only those with tattoos could cross the utux hongu, or spirit bridge (the rainbow) to the hereafter. The facial tattoo, in Squliq Tayal, is 'ptasan.' During the invasion of the Japanese the tribe was oblige to stop their facial tattoo otherwise people will be kill. Now just this old women with facial tattoo still alive.