The Practice of Headhunting

The Practice of Headhunting

Added over 6 years ago

Head hunting has been practiced by numerous people throughout the world from ancient times all the way into the 21th century. The term describes the practice of cutting off and preserving the head or skull of a fallen enemy. But why do people take heads?

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The Hamsa (Hand of Fatima)

The Hamsa (Hand of Fatima)

Added over 6 years ago

In the 21st Century we are still surrounded by talismans and symbols whose traditions date to the earliest genesis of human culture, a result of our ongoing need to find order and the familiar amongst the unknown. These symbols help to ground us, bring us comfort and instantly connect us back to the spiritual world. Here we explore the meaning of one ancient and instantly recognisable symbol, that of the Hamsa, also knownas the Hand of Fatima.

This article is part of Kashgar's ongoing series on ritual objects and symbols of the world. The entire section can be found right here.

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Thangka

Thangka

Added over 6 years ago

A thangka is a classical form of Nepalese and Tibetan scroll painting, depicting important Buddhist motifs and images. Popular since medieval times, thangka paintings are usually very intricate, with images inter-woven in a stylised geometric series of overlapping grids, and fulfil many important functions to the practicing Buddhist.

Pictured is a thangka painting of a Kalachakra (time wheel), painted in Sera Monastery, Tibet. Private collection. Photo courtesy of Kosi Gramatikoff, 2005.

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