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: little interest in relation of killer and killed
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York98:5
text: Most Konyaks, however, while they were very conscious of the benefit a community could acquire from the possession of captured heads and the magical power emanating from them, seemed to have little interest in the relation of killer and killed in the next world. To sustain their power and derive from it the highest benefit, all skulls in possession of a village were ceremonially fed at the time of the seasonal feasts.