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: relationship of head-taker and victim
medium: books
ethnicgroup: KonyakWanchuKuki
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York98:4
text: The Konyaks of Wakching had no very clear idea as to the relationship of a head-taker and the souls of his victim except that on his way to the land of the dead, the head-taker would once more have to fight those he had killed in this life. The Wanchu of Niaunu, however, believed that the victim remained close to his killer until the latter's death, when he would accompany the head-taker to the land of the dead. That the slain became the servant or slave of the slayer was a belief found also among the Ao Nagas and among the Kuki and Chin tribes.