The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty. With Pangsha's Enemies
caption: heads of the enemy
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Panso
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: But these Panso men are not always as unsuccessful as in their recent encounter with Pangsha, nor so harmless as in their internal quarrels. Outside the house of the village dignitary, who functions at all rites connected with head-hunting, more than sixty heads are lined up against the wall. All the trophies of the village, when they have hung sufficiently long on bamboo poles in the open, are brought to his house and kept there. At his death they are ranged on his grave, and his successor begins a new collection. (159) Apparently this particular dignitary had been in office a long time; sixty heads are not taken in a day.