The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: the skulls are all brought to the house of the official (Miho)
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Panso
date: 4.12.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: After the heads have hung for some time above the skull tree they are all brought to the house of a certain man. This man is the Miho and one of the oldest men in the Miho-hai clan. He is the equivalent of the Ung (sic) of the Chang. He does all gennas connected with head-hunting and never eats dog, goat, cow and the stomach of pig. (27) (According to the old Ao tradition the Molungre also did not eat this part of the pig). When a man brings the head into the village the Miho washes his hands. Many skulls are hung up on the house of the Miho of the larger khel, the Longshi-hai. Strangely enough they are put up at the back. When the Miho dies all these skulls are thrown into the jungle and the new Miho who is one of the oldest men of the Miho-hai clan starts anew with the piling up of all enemy skulls captured during his time in office.