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  Iban headhunting trophies

 

Malaysia

Human skulls hanging as trophies from the ceiling of an Iban Longhouse (fig.) in the rain forest of Sarawak, Borneo.

 

The Iban (fig.) were once infamous for their practice of headhunting, which in the past made them a strong and successful regional warring tribe.

 

  Iban headhunting trophies

 

  Iban headhunting trophies

 

Many adult men of this tribe wear traditional tattoo designs on their bodies (fig.), with some men having hand tattoos, which signifies that they have taken an enemy’s head.