The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: tattooing of the neck of headhunters
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 25.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.2.1937-31.3.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: I notice a fresh tattoo on all young men and even on some older ones which is a grid pattern across that part of the cheeks which are usually left free from tattoos as these move in wide bands around the eyes, nose and mouth. This tattoo is darker than the old one and I hear that the ceremonies in connection with the Pangsha head has given them the right to this