The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-seven. Return to Nagaland
caption: funeral hut in front of house, and skulls
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Sangnyu (Shangnyu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: Apart from these items of foreign clothing and the existence of a jeep track linking the village with the district headquarters, Shangnyu contained little that could not have been there thirty years earlier. In front of the Ang's house there were two funeral-huts, each containing carved statues representing the departed and his attendants. The former chief had died some months earlier and on his funeral hut two enemy skulls were displayed in addition to numerous skulls of sacrificed buffaloes and cattle. In one of the morung there was also a small collection of head-trophies lying on a shelf behind the log-drum.