The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: customs of widow at head taking
medium: diaries
person: Ahon
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 10.8.1936
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: Ahon, who had come from Shiong, confirmed the custom that when an enemy head is brought home in retaliation for a captured head, the widow of the now avenged man gouges out the eyes of the head with the blunt end of her husband's spear and accompanies that with a hate song. (notebook 3 p. 34). This is a general custom which also prevails in Wakching. (176) The widow wears her husband's hat and brandishes his dao. She also dances in some villages such as Kamahu, Yungya and Tangsa.