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: some Nagas refuse to convert to Christianity
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Ao
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: In the villages I visited with Mills, the mission had then not won a complete victory, and many Aos persevered in their traditional faith. Curiously enough they showed on the whole far more tolerance than some of their Christian neighbours. I never heard that "heathens" had damaged a church or disturbed a service. But unfortunately the Baptists were less tactful, and only too often hurt the feelings of their fellow-villagers by cutting down their sacred trees and desecrating the spirit-stones. And under the pretext that they had nothing to do with the old customs, they sometimes even refused to collaborate in the purely worldly affairs of the village.