Saturday, October 07, 2006
It's really taking on some character now! Kind of weird though, the way the left side of the forehead caved in... must've been a bruise there or something.
Ok, I've become strangely obsessed with shrunken heads, their history and lore... something I never would have even thought of if not for my apple head. I dug up some interesting factoids... click the pics to see some nice articles. As I suspected, the lips and eyes were sewn shut to trap the enemy's spirit inside, so the grisly trophy became a totem of power and a symbol of disgrace to the vanquished enemy and his entire tribe. Here's the biggest chunk of info i found... an entire site devoted to the shrunken head - or Tsantsa as it's called by the Jivaro tribe, the only tribe ever known to actually create the macabre trinkets. Well, the practice was actually carried out as well by Nazis in prison camps, and the results put on display - fully recognizable - to inspire terror in the inmates.