It promotes the current consensus, approaching unmerited status of dogma, on an Austronesian
homeland on Taiwan.
It is wrong to suggest that outrigger canoe craft first arrived with the Austronesian
migrations, nor were the Polynesians the first people to introduce 'sail driven canoes suitable for cross-ocean voyages'.
At one level, this is certainly so, as hunter-gatherers were present in Borneo long before rice agriculture and the coming of the Austronesians
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).
The people of the Austronesian
language family lived near the ocean and were very mobile," said Chen.
Now the aboriginal people still able to speak their Austronesian
dialects are about 2 percent of Taiwan's 23 million population.
But traditionally, Papua New Guineans speak 820 languages belonging to two language groups: the Austronesians
and the Papuans
had colonized every corner of the Polynesian triangle and all the archipelagos in between.
Other authors, however, maintain that the Austronesians
were technically unable to make a 2,485 mi (4,000 km) voyage without a single stop, suggesting instead that they went along the Indian coastline, following the North Equatorial current.
Until 2013, tourists have had no public transport to avail of - just small Elf trucks that take them to places of interest, such as the view deck on Mount Caroboban and the Torongan Cave, where the first wave of Austronesians
landed some 4,000 years ago in their migration toward the Pacific islands from Formosa.