Taiwan has lost yet another of the country’s rare tribal wizards when Ibay died on Thursday morning at the age of 94
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan has lost yet another of the country’s rare tribal wizards when Ibay died on Thursday morning at the age of 94.
Ibay, a female wizard of the Kavalan Tribe, who who resided in Xinshe Village of Hualien County’s Fengbin Township, had stayed healthy until her sudden death on Thursday, according to a Liberty Times report.
The report cited tribal documentary director Bauki Angaw as saying that, after first worshipping the wizard according to traditional Kavalan ceremonies, Ibay’s family was considering using traditional rituals to hold a funeral for her, with no date having yet been set.
Ibay possessed the craft of weaving banana stem fiber, and worked as a senior teacher at Lalaban Xinshe Banana Fiber Workshop for a long time, Bauki Angaw said, adding that she was an important inheritor of traditional Kavalan culture and wisdom.