The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Five. Heathens and Baptists
caption: harmful effects of missionaries, subverting Naga culture
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Chantongia
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: People with serious faces came out of the chapel. There was the "pastor", a skinny young man in khaki shorts, and a mauve coat.
text: Some of his flock had also adopted shorts, but the rest of the community were content to emphasize their allegiance to the new doctrine by wearing plain dark-blue cloths, while the women wore white blouses, imported from the plains, with their Naga skirts.
text: The Aos' most cherished and valued possessions, the pride of generations, lay unheeded and scattered in the jungle -- ivory arm-lets, necklaces of boars' tusks, cowrie shells, head-dresses and baldrics, and artistically woven coloured cloths, all discarded because they belong to the old times.