The Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA)
Paiwan, aesthetic expression and experience, ancestral connection
This article focuses on the properties of Paiwanese aesthetic expression and their contributions to the system of social values. My analysis examines the rituals and the accoutrement of an aristocratic wedding ceremony. The generation of Paiwanese aesthetic expression is related to the group's hierarchical social system as well as its ancestral past. Aesthetic expression strengthens the social status inherited from ancestors and memorialises the ancestral past. Certain artifacts, such as headdresses, manifesting aesthetic attributes and social significance will be discussed.
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