The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: head hunt necessary before setting up log drum
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 16.10.1936
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: In the old days when a new morung drum was pulled into the village it first stayed put in front of the morung and the young men went on a head hunt. When they brought home a head it was tied to the drum, the drum was beaten and they danced. Only then was it pulled into the morung. Reminiscent of this is the custom nowadays of leaving the drum for a few days in front of the morung and then having a feast.