- Apr 2015
In japan was common practice during sengoku period to collect heads. You cut heads to prove how many enemies you killed and you get paid for that. Heads of prominent figures like generals or member of daimyo families were special trophies, where usually prepared with make up and presented as a gift to the winner. there was a whole protocol for heads taking during battles.This sort of thing isn't unique. Armies throughout history, on multiple continents, collected skulls, body parts, hair, of defeated enemies. It was practiced in most regions of the world (the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, Polynesia) by certain cultures in those regions for centuries.
The notion that this practice had a limited geographical spread is just a myth.