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it's attested across cultures and eras, from prehistoric remains to today's battlefields (I remember seeing one of the illegally imported VietCong skulls painted entirely in a psychedelic patchwork of black-light paints in an Army-Navy store 42+ years ago)
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The skeletal remains of sixteen severed right hands have been discovered in a Hyksos palace in the Egyptian city of Avaris. The hands had been buried in pits in an area thought to have been a throne room 3,600 years ago. Ancient Egyptian writing and art suggests that soldiers were able to present rulers with the right hands of enemies in exchange for gold. “Our evidence is the earliest evidence and the only physical evidence [of this practice] at all,” said Manfred Bietak, Austrian archaeologist and director of the excavation:
http://www.livescience.com/22267-severed-hands-ancient-egypt...
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Just read the book Old Breed by Eugene Sledge - US Marines in Pacific

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/With_the_Old_Breed

He experienced that one of them was carrying a japanese hand. They all found it disgusting and convinced him to thow it away.

BTW:

US Marines hated second line army soldiers who showed up shortly after a battle and searched dead japanese bodies for flags, weapons and swords and send it back to US.

A great book and read. No wargame can never simulate US Marines experience in the Pacific. (Thank God)

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My father was given a large turtle by his Vietnamese soldiers. Does that count?
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Robert Ridgeway's threads are my anti-breakfast.
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Kluvon wrote:
My father was given a large turtle by his Vietnamese soldiers. Does that count?
The Vietnamese seem to consider it as a symbol for their independence.
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CountDeMoney wrote:
Robert Ridgeway's threads are my anti-breakfast.

YES!

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Scalps, ears, teeth, fingers, heads, and hands seemed to be the most popular. Sometimes as proof to get a bounty, sometimes to intimidate or impress your friends and enemies.
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SimGuy wrote:
heads... impress your friends

that's definitely the case for the Celts, even when 'Romanized' - great Osprey illustrations/info of that.
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"Each and every man under my command owes me one hundred Nazi scalps. And I want my scalps. And all y'all will git me one hundred Nazi scalps, taken from the heads of one hundred dead Nazis. Or you will die tryin'."

love that film...
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