The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: history of feuds and head hunting near Houpu
medium: diaries
location: Houpu Lizotomi Melahomi
date: 15.11.1936
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: Houpu has played a role in the history of several raids during the last decades. Some years ago Sema from the village Melahomi and Lizotomi attacked Houpu and captured nine heads. As that had been an easy exploit they thought that this would be a comfortable way of getting heads and they soon wanted to repeat their heroic act but this time Houpu was prepared. The attacking Semas were allowed to take the lower khel without resistance (192) as the inhabitants retreated apparently fleeing into the upper part of the village. When all Semas were in the lower khel into which they had found entrance through a small gap in the wall, suddenly Yimsungr friends of the Houpu men appeared behind the houses and cut down many of the Sema who could not retreat quickly enough through the narrow hole. The fleeing men were chased into the forest by the Houpu men who now appeared and were cut down in great numbers. The entire forest is supposed to have smelt of rotten corpses after that. Since then the Sema leave Houpu alone.