The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: tattoos of mithan representing head taking, long tufts of hair
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Yacham
date: 14.7.1936
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: Along the way we were also expected by some men from Yacham which is the other side of the border. They had ornaments tattooed on their chests of the sort erroneously called 'peacock feathers'. Actually they represent mithan ears. Everyone who has captured a head may wear it but famous warriors also add the figure of a lizard. A older man had this design as well (film 18 nos. 4 & 5. )