Iban Headhunting

A Persistent Process
  • Andrew P. Vayda


Turning from New Guinea, the world’s second largest island (after Greenland), to Borneo, the third largest, allows us to continue the analysis of multiphase processes responding to perturbations and involving warfare of various modes and intensities. In the preceding chapter, an exploration was begun of the persistence of such processes. Here the exploration is continued by means of an examination of headhunting among the Iban people of Sarawak, with special reference to the question of how the processes are affected when the arena within which they occur is enlarged. We will be looking at headhunting as practiced near and far by the Ibans.


Population Pressure Early Nineteenth Century Late Eighteenth Magical Power Territorial Expansion 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew P. Vayda
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  1. 1.Cook CollegeRutgers UniversityUSA

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