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Headhunting

A war ritual in Borneo up to the 1960s, and once upon a time, widespread throughout Southeast Asia, in which the enemies’ heads were cut off as tokens. They were used in spiritual ceremonies, displayed during harvest festivals and treated like supernatural protectors of those who keep them. During harvest festivals, the skulls are taken out for display and can be seen hung from the ceiling, bunched together with paddy stalks and other decorations.


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