Xiaolin village memorial, stone monument

In Memory of Xiaolin Village

The saddest single event during 2009’s typhoon Morakot striking Taiwan was the deadly mudslide that engulfed an entire aboriginal village in the Namasia region of Kaohsiung.

The mudslide resulted in 462 deaths and left all but one building in Xiaolin village razed to the ground.

Now, 500 metres from where the village once stood stands a memorial site commemorating those that died. The names of the deceased have been engraved into the walls of a shrine and on both sides of a memorial walkway, where visitors and relatives may come and place flowers in tribute. The site also contains a nine meter tall monument made of piled stones that commemorates the huge loss of life that occurred here. As we visited the site, an eagle flew over head, calling out to his mate. Eagles are important in the folklore of all of the local peoples, so it seemed a fitting and mournful sound.

Camera: Leica M-E
Lenses: Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2, Leica 90mm Elmarit f/2.8


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