The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - 'Notes on the Wild Tribes Inhabiting the So-Called Naga Hills, on our North-East Frontier of India', by Col. R.G. Woodthorpe, 1881

caption: dangers of tattooing
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: MutaniaSermamenBorduariaNamsangia
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: The operation of tattooing is sometimes attended with fatal results. I was once asked to visit a poor little girl about ten years old whose legs had been tattooed a few days before. The operation had resulted in inflammation and mortification of the limbs. I went into the house where the poor little thing - sad votary of fashion - lay screaming with pain. The sores were dreadful, both legs apparently rotting away below the knee. I was only passing through the village, my camp being some miles away and could do little for her, and I fear she died a painful death. Fashion, whether in tight lacing or tattooing, claims its victims all over the world.