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: way back through Sangpurr; forked posts; danger of panjis
medium: books
location: Sangpurr
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: On the way back from Panso, we pass through the village of Sangpurr, once more coming across the forked posts set up at mithan sacrifices by the Changs, Aos, and Semas. Strange that as far as we can ascertain, they are lacking among the Kalyo Kengyus, although they too hold Feasts of Merit. While our way leads through Yimsungr country, first two, and then the next day yet another of our porters pierce their legs on panji, those devilish bamboo spikes that here are hidden everywhere in the grass. This time the wounds are serious, and the men have to be carried.