President Tsai to give Swazi king cows, traditional indigenous gifts

Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) will give King Mswati III of Swaziland the traditional Swazi gift of cows, as well as presents from one of Taiwan's indigenous tribes, when she visits his country next week , the Presidential Office said Thursday.

Tsai and a delegation of Taiwan officials will visit the African country April 17-21 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, the king's 50th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Swaziland's independence.

At a press conference, Presidential Office spokeswoman Chang Wen-lan (???) said Tsai will give the king five cows, as is the custom in Swaziland.

In keeping with tradition, the cows will be healthy animals, two to three years of age, and will be chosen from Swaziland stock, Chang said.

In addition, Tsai will present King Mswati III with a special bell and a carved wooden shield, both made by the Tamalakaw indigenous people of Taitung, which symbolize friendship and blessings, Chang said.

Tsai will also give the king a collection of folksongs sung by the Tamalakaw people, and will offer gifts to the king's mother Ntombi Tfwala, Chang said.

The presents to the king's mother will include three cows and a lacquer painting of two orchids--the Indlovukati, a species that was named after the Queen Mother in Swaziland, and the Phalaenopsis amabilis, a species known as the "Taiwan Grandma" in Taiwanese, Chang said.

The painting is by Wang Chun-wei (???), a renowned third generation lacquer artist in Nantou County, Chang said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel