The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: head hunting
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Sangtam
location: Laruri (Kerami)
date: 29.6.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Head hunting:
text: When a man takes a head he brings it into the village. He points a bamboo and puts the head on top of the bamboo inside. They kill pigs - every member of the head-hunting party kills one pig; - half he gives to his parents, the other half the headhunters take to the chief's (31) house and cook them there and make a feast. The chief takes two spears and two daos from each man coming back from war, and never gives them back, - he keeps these weapons in a big corner of his house and sells them occasionally to other villages.
text: After three days the skull is thrown by the whole party into the river (Teze). A head-taker wears a kind of red cloth brought from the Tangkhul - and wears a necklace with a tiger's tooth (32) and bracelets with cowrie shells.
text: They have morungs, where the unmarried boys sleep, - women must not enter it. The small boys sleep there too.