The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: discussion of value of dried heads brought back
medium: diaries
person: MillsPungwei/ of Kamahu
date: 12.12.1936
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: Mills strongly supported this view as he too wanted our coolies to be able to perform the head-hunters' genna and then wear the ornaments of the head-hunter. It was interesting now to see how the different tribes reacted to this precarious legal question. Lhota and Rengma readily accepted the opinion that my heads were a completely valid substitute for the Pangsha heads. (62) Sema, Sangtam and Chang however declared that a head which had not been separated from the body of an enemy was worthless and could not be used for gennas. Pungwei, the dobashi from Kamahu, is not quite certain whether the Konyak will accept these heads as valid, but as they even use wooden models if the head of a killed enemy has to be left behind I hardly doubt that they can use these Saochu heads too for performing gennas.