The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook four

caption: notes from Mr Lambert's survey tour diary of 1935
caption: head-hunting
medium: notes
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 14.8.1936-5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
note: [konyak] means text omitted
text: Head-hunting:
text: They tell me too that a raiding party returning to the village with heads is not allowed in for some days. The heads too are not allowed into the village and are kept on the path outside for five (107) days during which the feasting takes place, after which they are burnt to ashes there. They say that the soul of a person taken in a past raid on the village returns in the head to its old abode.