The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Fourteen. The Rescued Slaves
caption: absence of great fear in a head-hunting world
medium: books
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: To slip is possible in this, as in every system of safeguards, and now and again a man paid for his carelessness with the loss of his head. But such misfortune created no more terror among his fellow-villagers than the news of a traffic accident does among us. We realize the dangers of the road, and calculate how best to avoid them; so the Naga knew the danger threatening, yet did not lose his joie de vivre. In administered country he even wished back the "good old days" of head-hunting before his country was pacified.