The Taiwanese Neolithic was the period of origin for the island's aboriginal Austronesian
Rapongan was born and raised in Pongso no Tau, the home island of the Tau people, located forty kilometers southeast of Taiwan, where people continue to live close to their oceanic tradition, which is part of the larger Austronesian
As we know that the Austronesian
language family is one of the largest language families in the world.
In the Palauan view, their origins were rather more marvelous, given that, as Richard Parmentier reports, 'there is an important connection in Belau, as elsewhere in the Austronesian
world, between the notion of foreign provenience and sacred power' (1987:39).
with Hindu religious ideas," here making him unsure whether the term is really of Austronesian
origin (see ACD).
The people of the Austronesian
language family lived near the ocean and were very mobile," said Chen.
O3 (M122) distributed throughout Central Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Austronesian
regions of Oceania, with 03a3 (LINE1, M159) represented in Hmong-Mien people; and 03a5 (M134) in Sino-Tibetan peoples.
are part of a language group originating from South China, spreading from the Philippines, Indonesia, and as far west as Madagascar.
First of all, native Formosans are the most ancient branch of the Austronesian
peoples who peopled the Pacific and Indian Oceans (Bellwood and Tyron 1995).
One major issue in current discussions of Austronesian
expansion is the increasing evidence provided by scholars such as Denham, Donohue, Lebot and Kennedy, primarily using genetic data, for a significant westward expansion of New Guinea area (sensu lato) plant domesticates before the spread of pottery-using cultures across ISEA (Lebot 1999; Denham et al.
It is said that the Austronesians
widely share an impulse to differentiate subgroups within society.
According to recent linguistic and archaeological research, Taiwan is the possible homeland of the Austronesians
(Bellwood 1997; Blust 1999; Pawley 1999).
Blench (2009) has meanwhile proposed a more daring continental circumnavigation hypothesis, based on the lack of evidence for ancient plantain cultivation in East Africa, the problems of a dispersal route through the intervening dry regions between the coast and central African rainforest, and the known sailing capabilities of the Austronesians
were relatively new arrivals they also argued that a phylogenetic signal may be evident in their cultural set.
All four papers, and Specht's to some extent, give strong lie to the popular two-phase model of stasis after arrival 50 000 years ago, followed by the development of pottery, agriculture and trade when the Austronesians