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Atayal / Ritual Object for Successful Headhunting
The object was built by two parts. The inner part contains a net with human hair from headhunting and flint inside. The outer part is covered by a frame made out of wood. This outer part collection is a copy made by Ino who saw the original item during his investigation of the Paran tribe near Wushe Taichung. This one contains a wooden new-moon on the top. Some wooden hooks are tied on the wooden hexagon by iron wires. Each hook is hung with a grass-made chain.According to Ino’s reports, it symbolized the bravery of the chives and their families. However, it was not only about identification but also about the head hunting ceremony. This kind of symbolic object for head hunting has been lost for more than one hundred years.
Department of Anthropology
National Taiwan University