Sunday, December 14, 2014

BLOODY SOUVENIRS

tsantsa


Some tribes in South America there is an ancient custom of cutting off the heads of the enemies and save them in a special way. After special treatment, they are transformed into tsantsa - very little human heads, employees Indians amulets. With tsantsa connected a lot of sinister stories. One of them occurred relatively recently, though not in South America, and Africa ...


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To begin the investigation private detective

In 1976, a German lawyer, Michael Roger, being in transit in Hamburg, went to the gift shop. There were sold small, fist-sized human head. Surprised craftsmanship: soft smooth skin, luscious lips, real hair. The eyes, however, were bony, with painted pupils, but it did not spoil the experience. Heads were as lively.

Most of them were head blacks, but among them the lawyer saw one European. Roger paused, struck - a person head clearly belonged to his son, six months ago, missing in Central Africa. After examining it carefully, he nearly lost his senses: on the crown could be seen two large birthmarks. Their shape and location clearly says that it is real, but somehow the country to reduce the head of his son!

He hurried to buy a "souvenir" and went with him straight to the police. But the guards just shrugged. This souvenir toy.Grounds for opening a criminal case no. However, they felt sorry for the unfortunate father, whom grief everywhere imagining lost son.

Roger hired a private detective. Former investigator Johan Dreyer started first thing to find out where and who could be made head. It turned out that a lot of souvenirs sold in stores in Europe. So, somewhere in their established mass production.Almost all of them were Black, but there were also white, which were more expensive. Wholesale store selling them in London.Dreyer and went there.

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The secret of the priests of the tribe Shuar people got to Africa

In the English capital detective handed one of the negro heads to study the expert. The conclusion that he did, puzzled detective. The head was created by technology from a tribe of South American Indians Shuar people. It dwells in inaccessible regions of Ecuador and is known for its barbaric customs, preserved from ancient times. Shuar people hunted for human heads, which are then in a special way to reduce and maintain.

In general, the method is as follows. With soaked head shrinks the skin along with the hair. Then this skin is cooked in a special herbal blend. It becomes soft, supple and simultaneously reduced in size. It is rolled, filled with small stones or sand-naked, and then sutured. The result is a head the size of a tennis ball, but retain their features. It becomes like a miniature copy of the original. At the end of the operation it is hung over the fireplace. Smoke completes the process of conservation.

The hair on the head, retains the same length, the Indians decorate the feathers, causing head gets awesome view. Only then it is believed that the evil spirit, which is in the severed head, conquered. Head becomes tsantsa - sacred talisman tribe. Currently bounty hunting is prohibited throughout South America. However tsantsa enjoys wide demand among collectors. And where is the demand, there is supply. Bounty hunting continues, although this tsantsa market is still very little.

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Tribe Shuar people still are manufactured tsantsa.

The emergence of a large number of black heads, created by the "Ecuadorian" method, has caused bewilderment expert. The fact that the manufacturing process is kept tsantsa priests Shuar people in the strictest confidence. Even South American ethnography, many years studying the habits of Indians, the technology of their production is not entirely clear. Where this method is known in Africa (and negroid type head indicates that they come from there) - is unclear.

Dreyer learned that the head come to London from Harrar (Ethiopia). Arriving there, the detective found out that there is only a staging post. The people who run the affairs connected with some kind of dubious organization maintains contacts with guerrilla groups almost around the black continent. And the headquarters of the organization is in the Central African Republic. That is where Michael worked as a son, Roger!

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Colt vs. poison

Dreyer settled in Bangui - the capital of the Central African Republic. Here he looked around, started dating, gently asked local people. In those years the country was ruled by Emperor Bokassa-eater. Rampant crime, corruption flourished.Europeans working in Bangui on contracts did not venture to pry on the urban fringe. Detective learned from them that the city really missing people. And not only Africans, but also white. More often than not - go to negotiate with some traders and non-refundable. Sergeant strongly advised not to engage in dubious enterprise, even if he promised mountains of gold.

Dreyer waited for the "bite" on him. And once unfamiliar African showed him a gold nugget, saying that he wanted to sell two dozen of the same. Agreed to meet in the evening. At the appointed time, Dreyer was in a bungalow on the outskirts of Bangui. The owner, before you start a business conversation, offered him a whiskey. The detective hesitated to drink, suspecting something was wrong. Seeing that the owner does not drink, he drew from his pocket and put the Colt to head African. Terrified Negro admitted that he was given the task to poison his guest. Body should come from the villa people across the river.

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Night trupovozki

Trust the local police detective could not, had to act at their own risk. But in Bangui, he had a collaborator - a Belgian, who disappeared one here. They Dreyer established surveillance of suspicious villa. It was not easy: the villa is well guarded by armed posts were already on the distant approaches to it. Friends found that the villa is often visited by covered trucks accompanied by jeeps with armed guards.

Rainy night with Dreier Belgian immediately noticed three trucks that moved in the direction of the villa. In front rode a jeep.The caravan stopped in front of the river Mbomou. Usually small, in the rainy season it is bottled, and through it runs the ferry. While waiting for the trucks crossing, friends ran up to the extreme of them and looked into the body. He was full of corpses. Dreyer realized that it was a chance to get to the villa. He climbed into the back and drew for a canopy. More Belgian never saw him again.

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Bloody chuchelnik

Only after the revolution of 1979, when the villa gang stormed the military, the white inhabitants of Bangui learned that African mafiosi were brought back human corpses almost from all over Africa. Corpses were always in abundance. High mortality from ethnic conflicts and total epidemics did not leave headhunters without extraction.

Now there is no doubt that the technology of making heads did not even know the bosses of this dirty business brings good income. Knew her only one person, a major manufacturer - Ecuadorian, known by the nickname King Coco.

This Coco managed to convince the bandits that the manufacturing process heads associated with magic, which means that without it they can not do. Bandits valued Ecuadorian its weight in gold. Coco was not allowed beyond the limits of the villa, but he lived on it is really like a king.

They said he was the son of an Indian priest, but with their homeland long broke. He was described as a man of his prime, bloated, bald, with a big belly. He used to walk around naked, wearing a lot of beads themselves and bracelets. Beside him were constantly young girls. It gave him pleasure to dig into their bodies their dirty fingernails and laugh when the girl screamed in pain. He demanded that led to it virgins. Supposedly during communication with them, he took them to the energy needed to create tsantsa.

Coco was killed under mysterious circumstances. With his death stopped and production heads. They ceased to supply around the time when the villa has got Dreyer. Familiar with this case people are convinced that the bloody chuchelnik went to the light with the direct participation of the detective, but Dreyer and not be faint. Detective knew what was going on when left in a truck full of corpses ...

Later it turned out that these products Coco worse, South American tsantsa. In the early 1980s, the skin on his head began to deteriorate and, in the end, they all rotted except read copies stored in formalin. Experts explain this lack of Coco necessary ingredients for making tsantsa. Apparently, he replaced the South American herb local, African, which eventually went to the detriment of the quality of the terrible souvenirs.

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