The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: Wakching head receiving rituals
caption: huge headresses put on by older head hunters
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.12.1936
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 a while all put on their splendid hats again and those men between forty and fifty who themselves had captured heads and who so far had not participated in the dance put on the big headdress with pairs of wide, sweeping horns, tassels of human hair fluttering from them. These horns are made from thinly cut buffalo horns and often they are painted with markings of white chalk. Four such men were in the Thepong, Yongang, Shankok's uncle, and two slightly younger ones. One of them had in addition two huge hornbill bird heads fastened between the horns.