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: handing over one skull to Lhotas and Rengmas
medium: books
ethnicgroup: LhotaRengma
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: I hand over one of the heads to the Lhotas and Rengmas, telling them to divide it, so that each village should receive a small piece. It is not only the men who have been with us on the Pangsha tour who will thus gain the right to the dress of the head-hunter, but all those who touch the small piece of head with their dao. Excitement runs high among the porters; their fellow-villagers will acclaim them as heroes, and the bringing in of the head will be followed by days of feasting.