See also:body in man, consisting of the
See also:skull with its integuments and contents, &c., connected with the trunk by the
See also:neck (see ANATOMY, SKULL and
See also:BRAIN); also the anterioror fore
See also:part of other animals . The word is used in a large number of transferred and figurative senses, generally with reference to the position of the
See also:head as the uppermost part, hence the leading, chief portion of anything . HEAD-
See also:HUNTING, or HEAD-SNAPPING, as the Dutch
See also:call it, a
See also:custom once prevalent among all
See also:Malay races and surviving even to-
See also:day among the
See also:Dyaks (q.v.) of
See also:Borneo and elsewhere .
See also:Martin de Rada, provincial of the
See also:Augustinians, reported its existence in Luzon (Philippine Islands) as early as 1577 . The practice is believed to have had its origin in religious motives, the worship of skulls being universal among the
See also:Malays . Severe repressive
See also:measures have led to its decrease . Among the Igorrotes all that remains is the dance, accompanied by singing, around the
See also:pole on which the head was formerly fixed . With the Ilongotes a bridegroom must bring his
See also:bride a number of heads, those of Christians being preferred . The chief examples of head-hunters are the Was, a
See also:hill-tribe on the
See also:north-eastern frontier of India, and the Nagas and Kukis of
See also:Assam . See Bock, Headhunters of Borneo (1881); W . H . Furness, Home
See also:Life of Borneo Head-hunters (
See also:Philadelphia, 1902); T .
C .Hodson, Head-hunting in Assam," in Folk-Lore, xx . 2 . 132 .
BART SIR EDMUND WALKER HEAD
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