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Inca Warrior Sling - Ultimate Wall Hanger
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Reply #1 - Jan 29th, 2017 at 1:03pm
 
Wow... Best get saving Cheesy
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Reply #2 - Jan 29th, 2017 at 2:49pm
 
Pretty cool
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Reply #3 - Feb 8th, 2017 at 7:11am
 
given that it was made in 1400ad from a mixture of human hair and llama wool - it's remarkably well preserved.

Also curious where it's been the last 600 years. Grave goods maybe ?

I'm leaning towards reproduction, just don't see how something that old could be so well preserved.
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Reply #4 - Feb 8th, 2017 at 9:11am
 
There are 2,573 registered members of slinging.org active/inactive. If half of us gave one dollar...... Grin we'd have the first ever communal sling!!!  Cool If each contributor had it a single week, it would be 24 years till it went full circle, not taking shipping time into account of course. Wink  So... who's in!!! Cheesy
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Reply #5 - Feb 8th, 2017 at 1:02pm
 
If everyone sends the money to me I'll be sure to keep it safe...
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Reply #6 - Feb 8th, 2017 at 2:27pm
 
GrinDa flechte ich mir selber eine. Das Muster kann ich flechten. Geben sie mir ihre haare?
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Reply #7 - Feb 8th, 2017 at 5:31pm
 
Google translation of Jaegoor's post:

"Then I bend myself one. The pattern I can braid. Give me your hair?"

According to http://ancientincareligion.weebly.com/rituals.html, Inca warriors practiced two types of ritual cannibalism:

'Exocannibalism' and 'Endocannibalism'. 'Exocannibalism was a form that involved eating the flesh of an enemy to prove one's power, to finalize the humiliation of the defeated foe and to take revenge on their companions. 'Endocannibalism' was a lot more respectful. The dead persons bones would be ground into dust and mixed into a manioc to be drunk by the family and other relatives to preserve within the kinship groups the essence of the dead.

From this, I will guess that the hair in the sling was not freely given, but rather a spoil of war.
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Reply #8 - Feb 9th, 2017 at 7:26am
 
still not convinced it's not a modern fake.
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Reply #9 - Feb 9th, 2017 at 9:58pm
 
Compared to many other examples of South American slings I've seen in museum collections, it doesn't look like it would necessarily be a reproduction. I've seen some examples in better condition than that one. One reason so many slings and fragile artifacts have survived from the Incas and other pre-columbian South American civilizations is that they were included in mummy bundles buried in dry desert regions where nothing decays very much.

For comparison, check out this collection from the American Museum of Natural History: https://anthro.amnh.org/textile. Search for "sling"; most of the results are from pre-columbian South America.

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