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Experts seek to uncover secrets of Ecuador's 'tzantza' shrunken head

Reuters QUITO, ECUADOR Aug 20, 2019, 12.30 PM (IST)

Researchers in Ecuador are investigating the wizened cranium of an Amazon warrior, hoping to unlock the secrets of this macabre pre-Hispanic practice. The shrunken head, known as the "tzantza", is believed to come from the Shuar, an indigenous people of Ecuador. The head was previously stored in the Vatican for nearly a century before being returned to the Andean nation in 2017. There is still much to discover about the pre-Hispanic belief of the shrunken head.