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Amis, the People that Eat Frogs and…… Tadpoles!

The people have brought the custom of eating tadpoles with them even when they moved to urban cities……

It’s said indigenous Amis people are called “Amis Takora” also, which means “the people that eat tadpoles”! (Uh……!)

When another summertime and too the season of Harvest Ceremony comes, and the Amis people have finished the summer harvest, it’s time for the indigenous people living in Eastern Taiwan to catch tadpoles for lunch! With a simple net, they could catch hundreds of tadpoles at one time for a good tadpole soup. This is why the elders say:

“Aredetay ko kohaw no Fanani’oray!”
(Tadpole soup is amazing!)

It’s likely that to eat black tiny tadpoles is the culture of most peoples in the world, but it could have been very common for an indigenous people that lived upon every edible stuff in front of them. This is why the people have brought the custom of eating tadpoles with them even when they moved to urban cities like Taoyuan, where they built an urban indigenous community called Sa’owac.

Now here is a lovely “Tadpole Soup Song” in Amis by some Amis students recorded 6 – 7 years ago — Enjoy “the Tadpole Soup”!

 

Tadpole Soup Song

Grandma sees the tadpoles, catching them all with bamboo basket for an amazing lunch!

(Amis)
Fanani’oray midangoyay i facal faedeten to nanom,
Sateroteroc safelihfelih, ma’araw sani mamo, cahokcahok to caki,
Tangtangen sakalahok aredetay,
Aredetay ko fanani’oray, sakalafi ni akong mafecolay.

Ha-o-way-yan ho-i-ya-hoy-yan hey-yan hey-yan
Ha-o-way-yan

(English)
Tadpoles tadpoles swimming in rice paddies, turning upside town for the heated water by the sun.
Grandma sees the tadpoles, catching them all with bamboo basket for an amazing lunch!
Tadpoles tadpoles, what great ingredients for a supper soup for grandpa.
Do you hear the song of Harvest Ceremony? Now sing with us!


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Photo via Yi-Mei Ho (CC Licensed)/ Song & Source via Amis旮亙樂團