The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: treatment of enemy heads with eggs, beer etc.
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 2.8.1936
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: In the afternoon I heard some remarkable things about the treatment of captured enemy heads. When successful head-hunters approach their village the people of their morung go out to them and carry with them an egg and a little rice beer. The egg is smeared into the eyes of the victim "to blind the dead person's relatives so that they become an easier prey for us". Even now Wakching does not buy eggs from Chi, Chinlong and Totok because the cut off Wakching heads (160) also had eggs smeared into their eyes. Some rice beer is poured into the dead man's mouth. Then the victors come into their morung singing and dancing and the head is left there for one night.