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: warrior status without head-hunting
medium: notes
keywords: Yenpammang
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Yongyimti
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 13:27
text: Chang. Yongyimti.
text: With the ending of head-hunting a Chang gets warrior's status if he kills a mithan and feasts the village or kills a tiger. These give him full warrior's status. Can wear a dao with a red handle - a red spear - a white dao case - boar's tushes - but only if a man takes a head can he get the warrior's tattoo SKETCH
text: 'In head-taking days no one could go to the fields or jungle without a guard. We never had enough to eat. Since head-taking has been stopped, we are getting more food'. Yongyimti.