The Shrunken Head!
The practice of shrinking heads was once common amongst the Jivaro Indians
of Ecuador. It was a ritual that had been handed down through generations.
The heads of slain warriors were valued as trophies or symbols of bravery.
When a fighter killed his enemy, the victim's head was removed. The skin
was then peeled away from the skull and hot stones and sand were poured
into the cavity. The head was sewn shut and boiled in herbs until it had
shrunk to the size of a fist. Ceremonial dances, feasts and songs accompanied
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