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: Mon as a dominating village with many colonies
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Mon
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: The old village of Mon occupies the top of one of the highest hills in the vicinity, and though this position involves long climbs for those bringing in grain or firewood, in the days of raids and head-hunting it must have had great strategic advantages. Mon has for long been the seat of a famous chiefly house which dominated a large number of villages. Fourteen of these are reckoned as colonies of Mon and one such colony was founded only twenty-five years ago. Some other villages enjoyed the protection of Mon without claiming a common origin. Mon has always been at peace with Sheangha and Longwa, villages with whose chiefly houses the Angs of Mon used to intermarry. In past generations there have also been marriage alliances with the chiefs of Chui and Shangnyu, but with these villages there have also been feuds resulting in the capture of heads.