1511-1605, KITLV © Marianne Hulsbosch – TAASA Review September 2022


This article was originally found in the September 2022 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 31, Issue 3, Page 5).

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In order to explore this notion of identity creation further, let’s investigate how the feared headhunters of the Eastern Indonesian Maluku islands conceptualised their own bodies in relation to that of others. The Maluku Islands are located in the eastern part in the Indonesian archipelago.

It is inhabited by Malukans, an ethnic group of mixed Austronesian-Papuan origin.

Most modern day Malukans trace their ancestry to the mountainous region of West Ceram, and they consider Mount Nunusaku the birthplace of traditional Central Maluku culture...