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Whenever the Wife Shouts at the Husband…… It Rains Hard!

In case you happen to be in Taiwan tomorrow and you have not yet known this……

School and Work will be suspended or canceled all over Taiwan except Lienchiang County tomorrow (7/23) due to the coming of typhoon Matmo!

The name Matmo itself comes from an Austronesian language (the same as all the Taiwanese indigenous languages) Chamorro, the native language in Guam, and the name means “Heavy Rain”.

Interestingly, there was a record on the religion of ancient Siraya people, a Taiwanese indigenous people living in Southern Taiwan, about the heavy rain.

 

Two Deities in Ancient Siraya in Charge of Thunder and Rains

his wife Tanakpadaagodalis would scream at him from far and far away. And then Tamagisanhatch would be so hen-pecked to get ready for the raining……

There were two main gods, the god Tamagisanhatch and the goddess Tanakpadaagodalis, in the mythology of ancient Siraya. The two deities are a husband and a wife actually and both of them in charge of the fate of the human-beings, including the weather like rains.

It was said that, whenever Tamagisanhatch didn’t do his task well, i.e. raining, which is so important for human-beings, his wife Tanakpadaagodalis would scream at him from far and far away. And then Tamagisanhatch would be so hen-pecked to get ready for the raining!

The Siraya said, the thunder was the shouting of Tanakpadaagodalis at her husband, and then the husband Tamagisanhatch would give the rains to the Earth.

 

The interesting story was written down by Georgius Candidius, a Dutch Reformed Church missionary working in Taiwan in the early 17th century.

I say, the rains were the tears of Tamagisanhatch after his being shouted by his wife, agreed?


 

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