The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Twenty. With Pangsha's Enemies
caption: some groups want heads for ceremonial purposes, others won't use them
medium: books
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: By no means all the porters take this point of view. The Lhotas and Rengmas recognize the heads as valuable trophies, and are burning with impatience to receive their share, but the Semas and the Sangtams stand on their dignity. A head that has not been severed from an enemy's body is to them useless for ceremonial purposes.