The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Two. Feasts Of Merit
caption: further sacrifices and feasting
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Angami
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: The feast was now formally opened, and all the guests revelled in food and drink. Neither was lacking. Two more bulls, three buffaloes, and one mithan (Bosfrontalis,a kind of domesticated bison) stood tethered to two strong crossed posts on the open space in front of Netsoho's house. Swiftly their lives ended under the axes of his clansmen. Again and again the dao flashed -- crashing down on the neck, often severing the head with a single blow.