After yesterday’s post, featuring a picture of what was reported to be a head hunters weapon (long pole, noose, pointy spike, make of that what you will….), a few of you were curious to know just how a head goes from the shape we all know and quite frankly, prefer, to a shrunken trophy displayed for all the other head hunters to admire.
The actual shrinking of the head seems to be quite an involved process, one I am sure wasn’t stumbled across on an idle rainy afternoon, so how many goes do you think the original shrinker had at it before he got it right? Ick….
Throughout history humans have always liked to put their enemies heads on display haven’t they? Generally it was just enough to stick them on a spike and put them in a prominent position near your hut or castle though!
This article from 1922 tells us that we aren’t the first to wonder about the method, but thanks to the interwebs we are lucky enough to be able to find the answer from the safety of our couch.
The ‘certain learned professor’ referred to in this article wanted to know the secret too, but made the mistake of going to the source in Ecuador…
“But the natives, as soon as they divined his intention, promptly killed him; and shortly afterwards his own shrunken head was placed on exhibition, presumably as a warning to other strangers.”
Sometimes it is just better to not know stuff, isn’t it? 😉