The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook ten

caption: Hungphoi head taking rituals
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 27.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.2.1937-11.4.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (20) Wangla 27/2/1937
text: Hungphoi customs:
text: Inf. several Hungphoi men.
text: The day after the head was brought in a stone was set up at the genna place in front of the Ang's house. Formerly the head-taker carried the stone. The Naba, a man of Nahim clan, dug a small hole into the ground and put in a small piece of the head. Then he erected the stone on top of it. Then he fed the stone with madhu and said: [konyak]. (21) At head-hunting times the first killer took the head and his companions, the hands and the feet. Therefore the Naba says that the head and the feet shall come. At the final ceremony with the heads, the date for which is not fixed by custom, they split a bamboo (22) and put it up near the entrance of the village like this: SKETCH P.22