What is Counting Coup and Why was Counting Coup the greatest honor in Plains Indian culture?

In Plains Indian culture, a warrior’s greatest honor came from counting coup.

He scored a coup by touching an enemy but otherwise leaving him unharmed. The Indians believed that a coup robbed an enemy of his spirit by shaming him.

The more coup a warrior could claim, the more respect he commanded from his people.

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