Reported June 18, 2003 et seq.
The late Thomas Biddle spent much of his adult life in Ecuador doing "his God-given best to convert unbelievers and their rascal-like children to the teachings of The Lord." For the better part of the early 1900s, Biddle concentrated almost all of his proselytizing efforts on the Jivaro tribe of eastern Ecuador, who were "infamous in everything and surely doomed to fry in hell for their silly scorn of the Jesus-like faces of their rightfully despised European trading masters."
Though Biddle loathed the Jivaro practice of shrinking human heads (tsantsas), he was rightfully amused that his 'converts' finally restricted this particular 'torment' to the Caucasian traders who took unfair advantage of the 'receptive friendliness' of the local Jivaro ('un-called-for') women.
This particular specimen was prepared(*) for the tourist trade.
(*) Standard 'shrunken skull' preparation in 1930's Ecuador involved a 'gentle' decapitation, soft tissue and gristle removal by hot water-assisted scraping and poking, the careful emplacement of super-steamed lava rocks through the 'neckal' cavity, pig-gut suture of head orifices and ... most important ... the constant monitoring of the off-bone flesh and rind condition throughout the 16 hour process.
In 2000 Max Aguilera-Hellweg photographed this skeleton of an eight-month old with anencephaly and spina bifida.
More to come ...
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See also The Secret of Kinloch Castle