The basic belief amongst head-hunting tribes in this region is that spiritual power, a source of magic, is housed in the head. One is born with a finite amount of spiritual power, but it can be augmented by collecting heads. Some Penan still remember a time when the Dayaks would befriend them, and then once deep into the jungle, would hack through their necks and leave the body to decompose on the jungle floor.
An Excerpt from ‘Momentum of Last Resort’ by Mariah Ernst for Primitive Skills Magazine Volume 02. Get it here now to read the full story.