(c) 2006-present R. Macaraeg
Subject: tesumajipic warrior
Setting: tribal warfare, Casuarina Coast 20thc
* Langness & Weschler eds. 1971 p272 (Gerard A Zegwaard, "Headhunting practices of the Asmat of west New Guinea" p254-278)
"[A]n asé pitsua [is] a dagger of cassowary bone, worn on the hip as proof of being a great headhunter."
* Blair & Blair 1988 p177 caption
"A stabbing-dagger [is] made from the shinbone of a Cassuari bird"
* Langness & Weschler eds. 1971 p274 (Gerard A Zegwaard, "Headhunting practices of the Asmat of west New Guinea" p254-278)
"Some ornamentation (perhaps not all) seems to have been symbols of the sun, moon, and clouds: red ochre -- light of the sun; white chalk -- light of the moon; black ash -- rain cloud.
"Cassowary and human bones, used as daggers, resemble the crescent moon ...."
* Eyde 1967 p25
"Another symbol of prowess as a headhunter is the dagger made from the back portion of the side of a crocodile jaw, ew karowan. These are often elaborately decorated with Job's tears and feathers."
* Rogers 1970 p20
"[C]rocodile jaw bones [are used] for daggers."