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Burial site of the Wa

In a remote corner of Southwest China, only a stones throw away from the border with Myanmar lies a region inhabited by the Wa minority and covered by dense jungle. The Wa were traditionally a warrior tribe of head hunters who placed the heads of their victims on spikes throughout their territiory to scare their enemies. Having ceased head hunting several decades ago, their practise changed to worshipping ox skulls which every year is celebrated by the sacrifice of an ox, the skull of which is hung in this sacred burial ground. The result is a steep valley covered with thousands of Ox skulls.

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China: Wa Burial Site
In a remote corner of Southwest China, only a stones throw away from the border with Myanmar lies a region inhabited by the Wa minority and covered by dense jungle. The Wa were traditionally a warrior tribe of head hunters who placed the heads of their victims on spikes throughout their territiory to scare their enemies. Having ceased head hunting several decades ago, their practise changed to worshipping ox skulls which every year is celebrated by the sacrifice of an ox, the skull of which is hung in this sacred burial ground. The result is a steep valley covered with thousands of Ox skulls.