The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: skull and story of great warrior
medium: diaries
person: Thangso/ of Chingmei
location: Tuensang Chingmei
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: In one morung of this khel we saw the skull of a man from Chingmei called Thangso to which three instead of two horns had been fastened. Thangso had been a great warrior but he was so undisciplined that he often took the heads of people who were at peace with Chingmei, so once he also killed a Tuensang man without provocation. Finally he became such a general plague that Tuensang demanded his death from Chingmei, otherwise they would go to war against Chingmei. (53) As Chingmei realised the impropriety of the fact that Thangso was murdering people of friendly villages, some men of his own village killed him while he was sitting at home by the fire. One man split his skull from behind but Thangso still grabbed his dao and could say "My day has come" before he fell foreward. He was only in his late twenties when he died but he had already captured [] heads. His head then was brought to Tuensang.