Saturday, 21 August 2010

After headhunting ceremony

Dayak women dancing with human heads.
A few days after the return of a successful head-hunding expedition, the heads, which have been hacked off the dead bodies, are brought triumphantly into the house. Then follows a time of rejoicing, in the course of which the heads are taken by the woman who, having performed fantastic dances, hang them beside the old ones. The presence of heads in the house is supposed to attract the beneficent spirits who abide around them, provided they are properly respected.