The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: customs on bringing in a skull
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wangla
date: 11.10.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: When a head was brought into the village it was first put onto the biggest of the flat stones (124) underneath the two trees and the men danced around it. Then next a frame was put up over the stones and the head was tied to it. The captor of the head, the man who had done the second stroke, and the Benba bring a stone into the village and put it up with the others. When it has been set up the Benba pours some rice beer on it and mumbles a magic spell whereby the relatives of the killed enemy are also called to come.