The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: history of head-taking
medium: diaries
person: Sakchimtuba/ of Merangkong
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Merangkong
date: 19.7.1936
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: Then I was asked into the house of the schoolmaster (116) where several men gathered soon, among them also Sakchimtuba, an old man of high prestige who I wanted to meet in particular. In his youth he had still taken part in many a head hunt. He had gone out twice against Tamlu and once even beyond the Dikhu against Wanching. He had also fought against Tangsa. When they had last attacked Tamlu and captured a head, Tamlu allied itself with nine other villages, went to Merangkong and killed many men. When Merankong brought a head home it was first placed near the morung for six days, then the captor hung it up under his roof at the front of the house.