The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-three. The Spring Festival
caption: Mauwang's wife dresses Longkhai girls for dance
medium: books
person: Mauwang/ of Longkhai
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Now the Ang's wife turns her attention to the toilette of the young girls. She is an artist at dressing hair, and all the Ang girls beg her help. They sit back happily on their heels, one behind the other, each dressing the tresses of the girl in front. First the hair must be thoroughly cleansed and combed and brushed down over the back and shoulder. Then it must be rolled tightly into a tail, and bound round with a long ribbon of bark. If any girl's hair is on the short side, then the end is tucked into a bamboo tube and the bark ribbon so bound that not even the most curious eyes can detect where the hair fails.