The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter One. The Material Background
caption: previous inauguration of rice harvest by head capture
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York33:5
text: In the old days the warriors often tried to capture a human head for this festival, and if they succeeded there was singing and dancing in ceremonial dress, but since the suppression of head-hunting the harvest festival has been celebrated in a calmer atmosphere. Unlike the harvest festivals of other nations it took place at the beginning and not at the end of the harvest.