Since ancient times, warriors have valued trophies after their successful victories. Did you know that the South African Jivaro Indians, after their military adventures, did not even collect scalps as trophies? These were... heads. But these are not just heads. These are Tsants trophies or severed heads. But that's not all...
Tsants Trophies are terrible technology
Yes, severed heads, instead of scalps, these are Tsants trophies. But there is a nuance. Shrunken to the size of a tennis ball, the dried heads look simply unreal. This terrible technology was used a long time ago and was very cruel. After killing an enemy, the Jivaro Indians cut off his head, then skinned it and filled it with sand. After some time, in a special way that is known only to the Jivaro Indians, the “head” shrunk to the size of an apple, while maintaining facial features. Hair the victims remained the same length, but the face and “head” became simply tiny. The popularity of such trophies among collectors of such souvenirs is quite high. Tsantsa is still in great demand. Until now, despite laws and prohibitions, dried mini-heads periodically appear on the black market.
Something more about the spoils of battle and the harvest of war
Tattoo Trophies: In ancient times, some warriors practiced creating trophies in the form of tattoos. For example, some tribes on the island of Borneo used tattoos to mark their victories in battle. Each successful battle added a new element to their tattoos, which served as their way of demonstrating their martial prowess and status in society.
Features of collecting trophies in the Amazon: Some tribes in the Amazon region have a tradition of collecting trophies in the form of skulls of killed enemies. However, these skulls are not used as souvenirs, but rather as magical amulets. They believe that the skulls contain the souls of defeated enemies, and can bring strength and protection to the owner.
Space Trophy Symbolism: Astronauts going into space often bring trophies with them in the form of flags, badges or items to commemorate their space victories. For example, American astronaut David Scott became the first person to make a space walk using an automatic roulette, and after this mission he brought this roulette back as his trophy from the Moon.
Modern War Trophies: Modern armies also collect trophies, but most often this involves collecting enemy equipment and vehicles. For example, during Operation Desert Driller in Iraq, American troops captured and sent back to the United States an Iraqi tank, which became a symbol of this operation.
Thus, the tradition of collecting trophies can take a wide variety of forms and symbolism, but it always reflects important aspects of the culture and history of societies, as well as human nature.