National Geographic : 1927 Jan
Photographs by Captain Frank Hurley A SKULL RACK IN A DUBU DAIMA A warrior's social standing in his tribe is largely determined by the number of these gruesome relics he inherits from his father. Each skull represents a victim killed and eaten, and the gopes, or shieldlike images hanging below, represent the ancestral spirits of the owner. As long as these keep watch, the spirits of the victims are enslaved and can do no harm (see, also, illustration, page 115). A CANNIBAL DANDY OF COIRA The inland village in which this erstwhile "man-eater" lives has been described as a "dreamlandof nightmares," where the inhabitants sleep most of the day and comeout at night tothump their drums and thus drive away the malignantspirits oftheir dead. This gentleman isim pelled by vanity to wearthe huge shell lipdisk and the headband of similar material.