The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: skull tree, drum and dried skulls and dried foot
medium: diaries
location: Pangsha
date: 26.11.1936
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: The inside of the rampart (255) is covered by some banana trunk as according to an old Naga belief banana plants stop bullets. The train of thought is that the "heat" of the bullets causes the wounds and the moist banana trunk cools the heat. The skull tree stands between rampart and village, an erythrina, and there is a drum of the type described yesterday. (see p. 245). Several heads hang on the skull tree or rather on some poles placed across the branches. Among them are those from the attack of Saochu and a dried up foot of a child. Furthermore there are gourd containers and other substitutes for heads fastened to it.