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Taiwan’s indigenous tribes hope court will protect hunting traditions

Before heading into Taiwan’s mountains with his home-made rifle, indigenous hunter Tama Talum often chants prayers and makes offerings of rice wine and betel nut to the spirits.Talum, 62, was one of the hundreds from his Bunun tribe taking part last week in Mala Hodaigian, an annual festival that honours both hunters and wild game.But a shadow hung over this year’s festivities because of a landmark court ruling set for Friday. At stake is both Talum’s freedom – and whether the current hunting…Before heading into Taiwan’s mountains with his home-made rifle, indigenous hunter Tama Talum often chants prayers and makes offerings of rice wine and betel nut to the spirits.Talum, 62, was one of the hundreds from his Bunun tribe taking part last week in Mala Hodaigian, an annual festival that honours both hunters and wild game.But a shadow hung over this year’s festivities because of a landmark court ruling set for Friday. At stake is both Talum’s freedom – and whether the current hunting…Read MoreSouth China Morning Post