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WICKED! SEE People Who Use ‘HUMAN SKULLS’ As PILLOWS

WICKED! SEE People Who Use ‘HUMAN SKULLS’ As PILLOWS

I’m sure you would be wondering how human skulls could be used as pillows. How inconvenient could it be? How can a group of people kill human beings and use their skulls as pillows? Wicked right? These people are the Asmat tribe, a cannibalistic tribe in Papua, a province of Indonesia. 

The mere mention of their name used to evoke fear. This ancient tribe has been accused by Carl Hoffman, in his exposé novel, Savage Harvest, of killing and eating Michael C. Rockefeller in 1961. 

Asmat is a tribe living on small islands in mangrove vegetation nearby the sea, on the south side of the western part of the New Guinea Island. They are the most famous cannibalistic tribe in Papua, a province of Indonesia. 

These coastal people occupy a low-lying swampy region that covers approximately 9,652 square miles (25,000 square kilometers) in southwestern Irian Jaya. 

The Asmat population is estimated at about 65,000 people, living in villages with populations of up to 2,000. Their languages belong to the Papuan language family known as Asmat-Kamoro, which has over 50,000 speakers. The members of the Asmat tribe believe that they arose out of wood. Therefore, wood is sacred to them. 
WICKED! SEE People Who Use ‘HUMAN SKULLS’ As PILLOWS

Even in ancient times, they carved wonderful things from wood. Asmat is considered to be the best woodcarver of the stone-age and many of their engraved carvings are in museums around the world. 
WICKED! SEE People Who Use ‘HUMAN SKULLS’ As PILLOWS

Though they are widely known for the quality of their wood sculptures, they are also notorious for their traditional practices of headhunting and cannibalism. Asmat did not only hunt for skulls, but they also worshipped them. 

The skulls of the deceased were stripped of the brain and the eyes and nasal parts were closed up in order to prevent evil spirits to enter or exit the body. 
WICKED! SEE People Who Use ‘HUMAN SKULLS’ As PILLOWS

Skulls that were modified and decorated in this way, were displayed by the Asmat in an honorable place in their long homes. They would putative human skulls under their heads instead of a pillow. 

WICKED! SEE People Who Use ‘HUMAN SKULLS’ As PILLOWS

They would eat brains of their animals mixed with sago worms straight from their halved skulls. Besides the fact that the Asmat were head-hunters, they also “hunted for names”. They believed that when they killed a man and ate him, they take his power and become him. Every person was named after someone deceased, or after a killed enemy. 

WICKED! SEE People Who Use ‘HUMAN SKULLS’ As PILLOWS

A child was sometimes given a name only ten years after it was born, and after its village set out to kill a man from an enemy village nearby. They had to learn the name of the man they killed, and then bring his skull to their village. 

Only in this way could a person get a name. Fortunately, the evil reputation of Asmat has become history. The missionaries have done a lot of work in changing this. The central Asmat now even have a written form of their spoken language.

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