Hornbills are strange and beautiful birds, often incorporated in local cultures. In Africa, they are respected by people and involved in mythology and folklores. But hornbills are also associated with medical and religious traditions. In India and South-east Asia, hornbills of the genus Buceros were often included into numerous myths and rituals. Indian people used skulls, casques and tail feathers as ornaments. The Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) was associated with the God of war, and effigies were raised high on poles and used for launching attacks.