¡@¡@The legend tells of an incident that happened in the Atayal village a long time ago. A wren and a large bird were competing to see who could move a boulder from one side of the river to the other. The wren is rather small in size, and it seemed as if the larger bird would win for without a doubt. Amazingly, the opposite occurred, the larger bird could not budge the boulder a single inch, while the wren pushed the rock lightly across the river. The Atayal people greatly respect the wren. The tribe people never hunt the wren and treat the bird as a tribal spirit. Traditionally, at the beginning of a hunt, the men would count he number of times a wren would call to determine whether a certain direction was favorable. If the path was unfavorable, the hunters would turn back immediately. Below are some of the interpretations of the wren calls.
Symbolizing good fortune:
- A birdcall from the right side, followed by another call, and after advancing ten step, another call from the left.
- A birdcall from the left side, and after advancing ten steps, another call from the right.
- A birdcall from the right side, and after advancing ten steps, another call from the left side.
- A call from the left side followed by a call on the right side, and a third call on the left, and the same alternating calls further down the path.
Symbolizing bad fortune:
- A simultaneous call from both sides.
- The appearance to two wrens on the same side of the rode at the same time
- The bird flying horizontally across the path.