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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Headhunting in Borneo


In Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, the colonial dynasty of James Brooke and his descendants eradicated headhunting in the hundred years before World War II. There have been serious outbreaks of inter-ethnic violence on the island of Kalimantan since 1997, involving the indigenous Dayak peoples and immigrants from the island of Madura. In 2001 in the Central Kalimantan town of Sampit, at least 500 Madurese were killed and up to 100,000 Madurese were forced to flee. Some Madurese bodies were decapitated in a ritual reminiscent of the head-hunting tradition of the Dayaks of old.

3 comments:

on the edge said...

That's scary ! Didn't the government do anything about the massacres ?

naqiubex said...

I still remembered that day.. It was gruesome.. Even kids were decapitated

Daisy said...

Ohh yikes! And I thought head shrinkers are the worst! lol...

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