The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: head hunting
caption: final disposal of skull
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York98:2
text: Approximately one month later a great feast was celebrated to mark the final disposal of the head. Many of the prominent men of the morung of the head-taker slaughtered pigs, and after much dancing, drinking, and eating the captured head was taken down from the tree on which it had hung all that month. Once more the head was "fed" with rice and beer, and in doing so the priest intoned the same magical formula which was intended to attract the kinsmen of the victim. Finally, the head was deposited either in the morung or in the ancestral house of the clan of the head-taker.