The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: feuding and head hunting between Tuensang khels
medium: diaries
location: Tuensang
date: 9.12.1936
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: The fights between the khels which mostly are caused by any insignificant disagreement are carried out with the greatest bitterness. One time all of Tuensang could not work its fields for a whole year because of this inner feud and finally came close to starvation. The heads taken during such a disagreement can however not be used for gennas but the opponents tend to throw them back over the walls into the khel where the dead man came from. Even now the near vicinity of the village is full of panjis which the khel set up against each other in order to obstruct people from a hostile khel who might circumvent the village and secretly enter the opposite khel. One of our men was badly injured in the leg by one of these panjis near our camp.