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The Saaroa or Hla'alua people (Chinese: 拉阿魯哇族) are an indigenous people of central southern Taiwan. They live in the two villages of Taoyuan and Gaojhong in Taoyuan District, Kaohsiung.[1][2]

Hla'alua people
Hla'arua people on Miatungusu.jpg
Hla'arua people on the ceremony Miatungusu.
Total population
401 (Jul 2018)
Regions with significant populations
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Saaroa, Bunun, Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien
Animism, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Tsou, Kanakanavu, Bunun, Taiwanese Aborigines

The group attained official recognition from the Taiwanese government on 26 June 2014 under the name Hla'alua.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The position of Kanakanavu and Saaroa within the Formosan languages revisited" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2015-07-16.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Tauyuan District Office". Archived from the original on 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-07-16.