.. ok, so, i am not an anthropologist, this is the just a little info i picked up from museums and books as we traveled through the country, …..most longhouses would no longer have skulls hanging from the ceiling…and it is most assuredly NOT still a custom…..the people are super friendly….not threatening at all, ha ha…..they also believed that beads had/have magical powers as well, more on that another time…..oh yah, i took the pic of the “real” skull in a musuem in borneo…..that’s why it’s blurry, you were NOT supposed to take pix in there!!! ssshhhhh
check back again , lots more to come….like cremation ceremonies in bali!! another celebration of death, to help the spirits move on to the new realm…….quite spectacular……embellishments galore!!!
ok, well i’m back….like i said, with more skulls…..and just a little note for all you NON skull lovers, i have many other things on the go in my studio as well…..like bees!!!! ya know the buzzing bumbling humble little bee’s that support our life on this planet??? and of course flowers.…cause bees need ’em, and they are beautiful design imagery…….for now though, back to the skulls…..the 1st image is a pic i took TODAY, just outside my studio door…..with the new skull hangy things….they are definitely “el dia del muerte” mexican type skulls….i like the daisy eyes and i really like the idea of celebrating with your fave people who have moved on to other realms….so, i find these skulls quite happy and feel good, and as they slowly spin around the movement is quite entrancing..
the 2nd image is a shot from my journal/sketchbook…..this i did while traveling in borneo, malaysia…..and in that country the skulls are a whole different thing…although still involved in a belief system…..the tribal people were (many many many years ago) traditionally headhunters.…yah, i said headhunters!!!! and the trophies from inter-tribal warfare were oftentimes skulls of the enemy…..and, they believed that the skulls had magical powers, the fresher they were the more powerful the magic!!!!! wild hey??