Sister Judith Malon OSA

Trapped: A Strange Story

By Sister Judith Malon, OSA

We are Agustinian Sisters Working in the Mountains of Taiwan

When we first arrived we were introduced to Yawee, a close friend of Fr. Barry the parish priest of Ching Chuan. Yawee is in his late thirties now, married and has six children now, the youngest of which was given for adoption. He sometimes accompanies us when we visit families in the evening, giving a helping hand to my sister companion who could hardly manage to climb hills. Yawee had a drinking problem. He wanted to stop drinking and here’s his strange story.

Tribal Tattoo

By Sr. Judith Malon, OSA
A Missionary in Taiwan

Mountain People
The Taiwan aborigines surviving today are generally known as mountain tribespeople, and classified into nine main groups.

Tattoo on the Face
Facial tattooing is a special feature of the Atayal tribe, the mountain people among whom I work here in Chingchuan, the men wear one or more vertical stripes tattooed on the forehead and chin, while the women may wear three or five vertical stripes in the center of forehead, with between one and three short horizontal stripes on either side forming a cross- shaped design. Or they may wear doubled stripes running from the ears to the corners of the mouth, or to the upper chin.

Starts with the Music

By Sr. Judith Malon OSA

The Mission: many of us have seen the stirring film, “The Mission.” The movie opens with Jesuits Fr. Gabriel climbing a waterfall where the hostile Indians live. He arrives exhausted; he takes out his flute and begins to play. The Indians hiding in the forest, ready to kill him, are touched by the music; they lower their weapons and the tragic Jesuit love affair with the Guani Indians of Paraguay begins.

Several hundred years later, a Filipino missionary in Taiwan, Sr. Judith Malon, OSA, tries the same approach. Read on:

Goodbye to Negros
“Start with music” were the word of Titay Hagad of Bacolod City to me during our mission-sending way back in June, 1983. That phrase was not entirely new to me. I had heard it from a Jesuit priest during our mission orientation in Tagaytay. Maybe the priest got the idea from the movie, “The Mission,” which is a true story of one of the Jesuit missions.