The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twelve. Towards Unknown Country
caption: attitudes of British to head-hunting
medium: books
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: As long as the feuds in the tribal area were restricted to the usual head-hunting raids, a more or less casual affair leading to little loss of life, the British authorities did not usually interfere. But now whole villages had been wiped out and the survivors (106) carried off into slavery. That the Governments of Assam and Burma did not tolerate. They had fought a long time against slavery, for the most part successfully, but in the most remote mountains on the frontier of both countries such customs were not easy to control, and on rare occasions it still sometimes happened that slave-trading was carried on. The captives were destined to become victims of human sacrifice.