The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter One. The Naga Hills
caption: persistence of ancient cultural patterns
medium: books
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: The lure of such terra incognita and the prospect of encountering tribal populations relatively untouched by modern civilization attracted me then to the Naga Hills. In my youthful enthusiasm for observing primitive societies uncorrupted by contact with the West, I felt that within my general sphere of interest I could find no better subject of study than one of the lesser known Naga tribes. Among such a tribal society, persisting in an ancient type of culture virtually uninfluenced by the Hindu civilization of the plains of Assam and the Buddhism of Burma, one could reasonably expect an economic order, social customs, and religious beliefs such as had once prevailed over large areas of Southeast Asia, but which elsewhere has long been replaced by the civilization of more dynamic races.