The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: Thevo's house with beautiful carvings and grave
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Cheswezumi
date: 5.6.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Thevo's house. The house of the Thevo is big and has a beautifully carved front although it has no house horns. On several planks are stylized human heads, the sign of headhunters. The father of the present Thevo captured several heads. In other villages, Thenizumi and Pfesa-Chadumi, the Thevo is not allowed to participate in warfare. Not far from the house is the grave of a Thevo built with big stones. I photographed both. On several houses one can observe a distinctive change in the forms of carved mithan heads. The oldest form is highly stylised, the recent one far more naturalistic and simpler. (50) Both forms can be found on one house, on old and new planks next to each other. Nowadays apparently, only the new style of mithan head is carved.