The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on the Nagas from 'Census of India, 1931 - Volume III - Assam Report'

caption: Appendix B. (1). The Western Rengma Nagas
caption: appearance; agriculture; muscical instruments; weapons; heads
medium: reports
ethnicgroup: Rengma <Western
person: Mullan/ C.S.Mills/ J.P.
date: 1931
text: 14. The complexion is sallow. The hair is black, and usually straight, but occasionally slightly wavy. It is shaved round the head. The heads of girls are entirely shaved till they are betrothed, when their hair is allowed to grow. The eyes are brown and slightly oblique. The nose is rather long. The head appears moderately round (no measurements have been recorded). The physique is strong, but slight.
text: 15. Seed is sown broadcast and a spoon-shaped digger used to cover it. The hoe is an iron hoop derived from the primitive bamboo hoe.
text: 16. A simple bamboo flute with two holes, one of which is used for the mouth and other for the production of notes. Also jews' harp.
text: 17. Weapons used are dao, spear and cross-bow (now almost obsolete). A few specimens exist of a short, heavy club which was used as a weapon of offence in riots, and held in the left hand to ward off dao blows, as a weapon of defence in serious fighting. Raw hide armour, consisting of cuirass, leg pieces and arm pieced, used to be used.
text: Enemies' heads were kept for one night on the shelf of the carved post of the Bachelors' Hall to which the taken belonged. Next day they were hung from bamboos which were leant against the head tree.