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Koortsachtig koppen tellen in de binnenlanden van Zuidoost-Borneo (1700-1900). (Abstracts).

Knapen, Han. 1997, Koortsachtig koppen tellen in de binnenlanden van Zuidoost-Borneo (1700-1900), Spiegel historiael. 32(10-11): 444-449.

Borneo is one of, if not the, most thinly populated areas in Southeast Asia. There has been a tendency to attribute this to the bloodthirsty urge of the Dayaks to go headhunting, for which they were constantly prepared to make war. After having given an interesting run-down of what were probably the true mechanics of headhunting in Kalimantan, the author attributes the low density of population to the presence of diseases both endemic and epidemic. The endemic disease was malaria which claimed the lives of many of the babies who had not had time to build up a resistance. The epidemic disease was smallpox which recurred about every six years. The threat of these diseases was also an important factor in delaying the economic exploitation of the hinterland of the island. The bibliography, separated from the main text, appears on page 481 (Rosemary Robson-McKillop).
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Publication:Borneo Research Bulletin
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Geographic Code:90SOU
Date:Jan 1, 1999
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