The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: Tamlu warriors simulate head hunt in receiving skull
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tamlu
date: 16.12.1936
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: Late in the afternoon we continued our walk to Tamlu. About two miles from the village a group of youths was expecting us to ceremonially bring the piece of skull into the village. (69) When the Wanching gaonbura saw them in the distance he ran towards them with the typical screams of the returning warrior and they in turn now came towards us shouting. I hardly had taken the piece of head out of my bag and had unwrapped it when already it was grabbed away from me. Immediately one man put it onto the ground and already all the boys who had come along were hitting it with their daos by means of which they virtually participated in the war excursion. Then the piece of skull was divided between the two morungs which had come. The third morung, the men of which were just then clearing the fields, had not received the message and therefore had not come.