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: Chuba/ of ChongtoreChirongchu/ of AnangbaHutton
location: Chongtore Anangba
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 5:46
text: 'It is good that head taking has been stopped. Formerly no woman could go alone to the forest. We had to have sentries everywhere. Even then we were killed. Only a few could work in the fields. Nowadays the women can go freely to the forest and all the men can work in the fields. Formerly we could not get enough to eat. Nowadays we grow more and eat more'.
text: Chuba, Chongtore.
text: 'My father took thirty heads. Then one day there was a fight and a Sangtam killed him. I myself took thirteen heads. One day Hutton Sahib called me. 'You have taken enough' he said. 'Why do you go on killing? You cannot eat them. Let them live'. Since then I gave it up. Formerly it was the custom. Whoever took most heads was the greatest among us. So all of us went on taking heads. Now that it is stopped, we live in happiness and peace'.
text: Chirongchu.
text: 'It was to get fame that a man took heads. There was no other reason'
text: 'When we took heads we gave them to the drum and the drum was very happy. Now we do not give it heads but if we keep its shed in good repair and give the drum a cock, it is content. To let the shed fall down - not to give it thatch - that is sin/bad'.
text: Chirongchu of Anangba