Pic of the day 31 – Human skull in the hallway!

We first came across this in Ecuador – the old custom of keeping a human body part, preferably a head, at the entrance to your home. To protect your family and house from evil spirits & bad luck of course. But this is the first time we have stayed in a house with an actual human skull by the front door! This one, with a few other objects, sits in a hole in the wall in the hallway of our Cusco hostel, behind a thick glass screen. Our hosts say it has been there for many decades, possibly since the house was first built over 200 years ago. The house has always belonged to the family, and the skull may be from an ancient family member?

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