The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: head in bamboo ball in drum house of the Thepong
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.1.1937
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: When I return to the Thepong morung the head is already plaited into the bamboo ball and is hung up on the drum house with horns attached. (In the Thepong the piece of head has been left complete and must be divided between the clans, therefore there is only one horned head). So Yonglong has done this ceremony (190) while most of the young men are absent. The bamboo ball was covered with a thin tissue from the belly of a pig. I saw the same for the heads of the Bala, while the Aukheang the other day only had attached small pieces of meat to the ball.