Translator's Notes

  • Markus Locker


While in the dawn of national and ethical emancipation, it has been recently emphasized that the act of translation demands moral and social responsibility, one aspect is often overlooked in translation theory, i.e., spiritual responsibility. The Legends of the Atayal People on Formosa are no ordinary stories. Dr. Otto Scheerer meticulously recorded sacred narratives in the form of legends. Legends, as the Legends of the Atayal People on Formosa exemplify, play an irreplaceable role in all religions and cultures, and form the moral, ethical, and spiritual fundament of peoples.