The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Fifteen. Yimpang's Black Day
caption: head-hunting trophies, skulls in Yimpang
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Yimpang Saochu
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: On the Saochu raid they had not hesitated, for they had come to take heads and had set about their business, carrying off the trophies to their village as swiftly as possible. I shall never forget that first impression, when we suddenly came upon a tree with innumerable human heads dangling from the branches. Looking closer we discovered that they did not hang from the branches, but leered at us from the tops of bamboo poles, leaning against the Erythrina tree.