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Headhunters not pirates (Sarawak, Malaysia)

May 2, 2009

(By Anya Kedap

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Headhunting for the Ibans is history. But many a question still lingers in the minds of many as to why headhunting was rampant or to some extent ‘cultural’ among them. Part of this article explains why.

“Heads are very important because they are needed for many occasions. If your loved ones die, only the coming of freshly cut heads will stop the mourning period. You know that when we are in mourning, nothing we do will be blessed. Heads are also required to bless our longhouse. The more heads we have, the more plentiful our harvests will be. They will also guard our longhouse from evil spirits. During our many festivals, our women carry the heads up and down the verandahs or galleries to show of the bravery of their fathers and their brothers. No maiden will give you even a glance if you have not obtained a single head.”… Jimmy Donald, Keling of the Raised World pg. 5

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2009 11:22 am

    Interesting article. I have learned more about headhunting in a book written and researched by George Franklin Feldman called, Cannibalism, Headhunting and Human Sacrifice in North America. This is a book about terror, but it is about terror with a purpose, whether performed by Native Americans, or their invaders.

  2. May 6, 2009 9:57 pm

    Hi, cool post. I have been thinking about this issue,so thanks for posting. I will definitely be coming back to your posts. Keep up great writing

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