When I was a kid I was fasinated by stories about Head Hunters.
My favorite was one about an Island where the trees were so thick that the sunlight never reached the ground and the people that lived there were so firece that Soldiers and Pirates to this day leave the Island off their maps and if they sail by it for any reason they make sure everyone is awake when they do.
Now in this particular story I learned the important part in taking your head was the Hunt- it was very important that you never see the Hunter coming, that you never see your body falling away from you, it was important you never realize you were dead.
After a month of prepartions ( you never do realize you’re dead ) the Head Hunter would take your shrunken head and hang it from a tree that is grown especially for this sort of thing.
For a little while if anyone walked under your freshly shrunken head they would be abe able to see hear your nightmare or dream people walking around under the trees lost and calling for their dreamer so they could go home again.
Eventually the person who took your head could wake you up and your dream people when they wanted to- it was like turning a radio off and on.
The Head Hunter, when he or she got bored with you, could use your dreams to find other heads and it was bad news for you if one of those Head Hunters found you because it was only a matter of time before you ended up on that Island under those trees where the sun never reached the ground.
Like I said, it’s just a story that I learned when I was about six years old from my Grandfather.
” What did the Head Hunters want from those heads? ” I asked once.
” They wanted what was inside of them. ” he said.
” Their brains? ” I asked.
” No, what was inside their brains…their stories. “
I considered this and then asked, ” so if you have lots of stories? ” I asked with my hand up near my neck.
My Grandfather looked very serious and said, ” the Head Hunters have lots of stories too- if you are brave enough to go and take them. “
In case you’re curious
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