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Ketagalan or Ketangalan (Chinese: 凱達格蘭族; pinyin: Kǎidágélán Zú) are a Taiwanese aboriginal people originating in what is now the Taipei Basin.[1] Their language has now become extinct. On 21 March 1996, the road in front of the Presidential Building was renamed from "Long Live Chiang Kai-shek" Road (介壽路) to Ketagalan Boulevard (凱達格蘭大道) by then-mayor of Taipei City, Chen Shui-bian, to commemorate the people. Traffic signs banning motorcycles and bicycles from that road were abolished at the same time. Beitou
Beitou
District in Taipei City
Taipei City
houses the Ketagalan Culture Center, a cultural center about the Ketagalan people. Folklore[edit] Legend has it that the Ketagalan forebears originally lived on another island. One day, a monster appeared on the island. Every night it would appear in the village, terrorizing the villagers. Accordingly, the villagers laid traps for the monster all around their homes and fields. The wounded monster was forced back into the mountains and the village was peaceful again for a while, but soon afterward it reappeared. Pushed to insanity by hunger, the monster went into one of the village homes and killed a child. The villagers lived in fear of being eaten and did not dare to sleep. The villagers fiercely debated but nobody could think of a way to deal with the monster. With no other choice, it was decided that they must pack up and leave the island. Following an arduous sea voyage, they sighted land. The island they landed on was Taiwan. Many years later, the community was growing so one day the villagers agreed to draw straws. Those who drew long straws were permitted to remain living on the fertile plain while those drawing the short straws would have to move into the mountains. Thereafter, the villagers were separated into plain-dwelling and mountain-dwelling peoples. See also[edit]

Demographics of Taiwan

References[edit]

^ Lok-Sin, Loa (15 December 2012). "Ketagalan Aborigine intends to revisit Diaoyutai Islands for ancient ritual". Taipei Times. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 

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Taiwanese indigenous peoples

Recognized by the ROC government

Amis Atayal Bunun Hla'alua Kanakanavu Kavalan Paiwan Puyuma Rukai Saisiyat Sakizaya Seediq Tao Thao Tsou Truku

Locally recognized

Makatao Siraya Taivoan

Unrecognized by the ROC government

Babuza Hoanya

Arikun Lloa

Kaxabu Ketagalan

Basay Luilang

Kulon Papora Pazeh Qauqaut Taokas

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