The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: carrying in the head at Oting, dancing and ceremonial
caption: ritual purification of the warriors
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 28.2.1937
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: Then everyone stands in front of the stones. The basket with the head is hung up on the tree and the Longba undertakes the ritual purification of the young warriors. He pours water from a bamboo container onto their hips where they would have carried the bloody head and then over their daos which are put on the ground for this purpose