The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: head hunting stories
medium: diaries
person: PukoviChirongchi
location: Anangba
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: This pleasant fellow had once asked some Sema neighbours to attack a khel of his own village in which several Sangtam were living and in order to make sure that the right people (194) were killed he secretly put bundles of straw on their roofs. It was his misfortune that one of the victims of this plan was a Sangtam girl from the administered area. Pukovi had to go to goal for this for five years. When he returned Chirongchi had not yet forgotten the suffering done to his Sangtam friends in Kumishe. He somehow enticed Pukovi to come near Anangba and then beheaded him personally. Now his pride, the skull, hangs in the drum house.