The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Two. The Social Structure and its Units
caption: different hair-styles of women of various ranks
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York58:5
text: The most striking difference between the three upper classes and the commoners lay in the appearance of the women. Those of the two chiefly classes as well as women of intermediate class wore their hair long, whereas all commoner women, even those married to the paramount chief, had their heads shaved or closely cropped.