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Each Ping-Ban-Zhou (拼板舟) is either an individual or family boat and will be made from 21 or 27 pieces of different woods to ensure strength and durability. Without heavy tools or equipment male family members go into the forest and select the right woods.  For example, the center keel section of the Ping-Ban-Zhou requires a particularly hard wood to resist the wear of the island's coral reefs. Great pride is taken by an entire family working together to construct their Ping-Ban-Zhou. Each Ping-Ban-Zhou is carefully carved and painted elaborately with meaningful designs and symbols.
The launching of a new Ping-Ban-Zhou is proceeded by a ceremony that includes taro grown by the female family members. The entire Ping-Ban-Zhou is covered so all catches of fish will fill the boat to maximum capacity in the future fishing seasons.

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Each Ping-Ban-Zhou (拼板舟) is either an individual or family boat and will be made from 21 or 27 pieces of different woods to ensure strength and durability. Without heavy tools or equipment male family members go into the forest and select the right woods. For example, the center keel section of the Ping-Ban-Zhou requires a particularly hard wood to resist the wear of the island's coral reefs. Great pride is taken by an entire family working together to construct their Ping-Ban-Zhou. Each Ping-Ban-Zhou is carefully carved and painted elaborately with meaningful designs and symbols. The launching of a new Ping-Ban-Zhou is proceeded by a ceremony that includes taro grown by the female family members. The entire Ping-Ban-Zhou is covered so all catches of fish will fill the boat to maximum capacity in the future fishing seasons.

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