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This thread is dedicated to the most beautiful and mystical place on earth and its people. Feel free to add anything u like.​


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Interesting story by William Jamieson

Jivaro - Tribe of the "shrunken heads"

Although there were many headhunting cultures throughout the world, only one group was known for ancient practice of shrinking human heads They were called the Jivaro clan who lived deep in the Ecuadorian, and neighboring Peruvian Amazon. The Jivaros are one of the most primitive societies that have caught the attention of the Western world because of their unusual customs.

The Jivaroan tribes are comprised of four sub-tribes or dialect groups known to inhabit the tropical forest of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon. The AShuar, Aguaruna, Huambisa, and the Shuar. Of these, the Shuar, are most commonly referred to when speaking of the Jivaro Indians. The Shuar have achieved their notoriety through their customary practice of head-shrinking.

The Jivaros are the only tribe known to have successfully revolted against the Spanish Empire and to have been able to thwart all subsequent attempts by the Spaniards to conquer them. They have withstood armies of gold-seeking Incas and defied the brovado of the early conquistadors. The Jivaro Indians are known to be an intensely warlike group, tremendously protective of their freedom and unwilling to subordinate themselves to other authorities.

The Jivaro Indians have a reputation for their fierceness which distinguishes them from their counterparts based on the savageness directed toward their enemies. Early Spanish chronicles relate that in the year 1599, the Jivaros banded together and killed 25,000 white people in raids on two settlements. In particular, the massacre of the Logrono stands out as particularly ruthless. The attack was instigated over the natives being taxed in their gold-trade. After uncovering the unscrupulous practices of the visiting governor, molten gold was later poured down his throat until his bowels burst. Following his execution, the remaining Spaniards were killed along with the older women and children. The younger useful women were taken as prisoners to join the clan. The settlement itself was raided and burned to the ground. From this point onward, the Jivaro Indians remained unconquered despite the fact that they inhabited one of the richest regions in South America for gold deposits. The Jivaro's fierce fighting reputation and head-shrinking practice continued to discourage outsiders from entering their territories.

Here are some of the so called "tsantza" - trophies of shrinking human heads







 

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My tears fall down like raindrops in the eternal forest ...

The dying of Mato Grosso





 

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The last índios of Mato Grosso

The Xavante
population: about 9600




The Kayapo (Caiapó)
population: about 7000




The Kamayurá (Kamaiurá)
population: about 350




The Bororo
population: about 750

 

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Why do the Jivaro need gold nowadays anyway? why can't Brasil just harvest that stuff and help the people!!!?
 

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I've just finished reading "toponímia brasílica" by armando levy sobrinho. I've been thinking about studying either guarani or nheengatu for some time.
 

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Depiction of cannibalism in the Brazilian Tupinambá tribe, as described by Hans Staden (about 1550)

Is it just a myth or are there still living some unknown cannibal tribes somewhere deep in the forest ? I don't know but I'll try to find out. Who wants to join my expedition ? :cap:
 

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Staden claims ,he was a prisoner for 9 months,waiting to be eaten,I doubt If Tupinambá tribe were eating people, then why would they waiit 9 months,I think he just made it up,after witnessing human sacrifices or something like that.

 

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I've just finished reading "toponímia brasílica" by armando levy sobrinho. I've been thinking about studying either guarani or nheengatu for some time.
In facebook there is a group who promotes the Guarani language
WE all know one word though, guri, it is Guarani
 
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