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Ilongot headhunter's headdress Northern Luzon Philippines

The wearing of the "Panglao" indicates to all that its owner has taken a human "head". For the Ilongot, red is a highly charged color which excites passion, anger and energy.

Materials: wood/ wicker rattan, copper, brass, real hornbill skull, pearl shell, beads

similar example can be seen on page 168 of "Form and Splendor" by Roberto Maramba, Published 1998

The Ilongot who inhabit certain valleys in the northern Cordillera of Luzon Island, Philippines, have been studied for their singular devotion to taking heads and the unique logic behind this practice. As recent as Rosaldo's study in 1968, it was calculated that more than 90% of men over the age of 20 had taken at least one head. But the reasons behind such perceived savagery was not, as was the case with most SE Asian head taking groups, to control other souls or to increase the fortunes of the community. Instead, men said that they took heads when they had a 'heavy heart' or felt angry or strong pressures. Taking a head helped a man to tame his wild emotions and passions, quieting his restless spirit and allowing knowledge and maturity to gain control and grow. Only in this way could a man ask a woman to marry him. Only after taking a head was a man allowed to wear the hornbill earrings, or "batling," and to don the ornate hornbill headdress during rituals and ceremonies.

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  • Shipping Weight (Plus Packaging): 2000grams