Trepanation film clip

The 3-minute film clip below is definitely not for the squeamish. It comes from a documentary called A Hole in the Head, made in 1998, and shows a Kisi medicine man performing the “operation of the skulls“.


  1. #1 Jonah
    February 14, 2008

    Amazing video, thanks so much. How on earth did you find it?

  2. #2 Twm
    February 14, 2008

    Amazing footage. Quite hard to watch – not just the procedure but the mishapen heads of the other patients. It’s hard to believe that a simple headache could lead to such an operation.

  3. #3 Adrian
    February 15, 2008

    Does not necessary have to be headache. I think in this case it’s for a spiritual reason. The shape of the head is for a purpose.

  4. #4 Philosopher for Hire
    February 15, 2008

    Pretty ethnocentric. It’s hard to believe this documentary was made only ten years ago.

  5. #5 Mo
    February 15, 2008

    The producers of A Hole in the Head uploaded it to YouTube a few weeks ago; they have a YouTube channel which contains several other clips from the documentary.

    The footage in this clip is actually taken from a 1964 mondo film called Kwaheri.

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