High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The use of a defeated
enemy's skull as a drinking cup is reported by numerous authors
through history among various peoples, especially nomads roaming
the steppes of Eurasia. Known as the Kapala, the cup is part of
Buddhist and Hindu tantric rituals, and is often seen carried by
deities in images; the identity of the skull's owner is not
considered significant. Many carved and elaborately mounted kapalas
survive, mostly from Tibet. The Scythians are reported by Herodotus
(ca. 484 Bica. 425 Be and later Strabo (63/64 BC - ca. 24 AD) to
have drunk from the skulls of their enemies. Krum of Bulgaria was
said by Theophanes the Confessor, Joannes Zonaras, Mannases
Chronicle, and others, to have made a cup from the jeweled skull of
Byzantine emperor Nicephorus I (811 AD) after killing him in the
Battle of Pliska.
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