When Island Folklore was created in 2016, there weren’t really any English-language websites that focused on Taiwan’s folktales, history, legends, myths and traditions. This project was started to fix precisely that!

Since then, Island Folklore has looked for, documented and translated Taiwan’s folklore and history: From the ancient tales of Taiwan’s indigenous Austronesians and Sinitic settlers to the stories imported by Japonic and Indo-European missionaries or colonists. We explore them all.

Taiwan isn’t a big place. It’s about the size of Canada’s Vancouver Island or Japan’s Kyushu. But its geography exposes it to a myriad of influences, to wondrous effect. Sitting between East and Southeast Asia, the Pacific and the continent, Taiwan is simultaneously a frontier zone and the centre of crossroads. Taiwanese folklore is endlessly fascinating, rich and diverse as a result. Island Folklore strives to document and share that amazing richness!

So, Where to Start?

Let’s start at the beginning. Explore Taiwan’s names and history, as well as its people, ethnic groups and languages. The following links will take you on a tour of Taiwan’s past to help you get started on this folkloric journey through the Ilha Formosa. Enjoy!

Island Folklore’s Partners

A BIG thank you to our kind partners, whose generosity makes Island Folklore possible! Interested in supporting the project? Head to islandfolklore.com/donate.

Partner: C & L Industrias de Plasticos Ltda.
Partner: HWA