The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-one. Head-Hunting Rites
caption: head-receiving feast in Tamlu
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tamlu
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Tamlu holds a feast in the evening, but in spite of all the singing and dancing, I feel that here the head-hunting ceremonies, after forty years under British administration, are little more than the enactment of a drama. There are not enough men from the good old days, not enough warriors who possess the rank of head-hunter. The ritual of the ceremony is definitely lacking in the right emotion.