abundant in Taiwan, and play an important role in the indigenous cultures of
the island. Aside from use as food, locals have used them to make all kinds of
containers. Larger gourds are used to store grain or clothes, while smaller
ones are used for containing wine or water. Gourds can also be used as
floatation devices when crossing rivers, and as containers when travelling. The
possession of large quantities of gourds was a symbol of wealth.