The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: head-taking
medium: notes
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 5:8
text: Head taking.
text: After taking a head (1-4 strikers) are genna for 30 days - the rest of the raiding party for 6 days - genna (avoid sex, outside food) - whole village genna 6 days (ie. re field work, going out) - no one except the strikers, old warriors or the phephire may touch the head with his hand - eg. for putting in the drum, taking to the head tree - any of those who touch is genna for 30 days.