Mum shrunken head

"....She looks great!" ~ Jack Sparrow

Jack is seen at the end of At World's End with the shrunken head of his mother tied to his baldric. Through On Stranger Tides, Jack seems to have the trophy whenever he wears his baldric. (ref1) (ref2) (ref3) (ref4)

Captain Teague (Jack's Father) tells him, "It's not just about living forever, Jackie. The trick is living with yourself forever." Jack then inquired about his mother, to which Teague responded by holding aloft her shrunken, severed head.

A shrunken head is a severed and specially prepared human head that is used for trophy, ritual, or trade purposes. Most known shrunken heads were manufactured either by indigenous peoples in Melanesia and the Amazon Basin, or by European or Euro-Americans attempting to recreate the practice. In Amazonia, the only people known to have shrunk human heads are the Shuar, Achuar, Huambisa and Aguaruna, collectively classified as the Jivaroan peoples of Ecuador and Peru. Among the Shuar, a shrunken head is known as a tsantsa.





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