The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf Naga diary on his return to Nagaland, 1970

caption: Christianity ended rites ; head-hunting tattoos as result of 1937 expedition
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 31.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: Shiong is totally Christian and no more rites are performed. What a contrast to 1937 when the bringing of a piece of Pangsha skull was the occasion for the full head hunting rites. A result of those celebrations are the tattoos on the faces on several middle-aged men. A gaonbura told me that the tattoo covering his whole face was made after those celebrations.