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: legends of foundation and hundreds of captured heads
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Tang Chinglong (Chinlong)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: The Tang people have the tradition that the founders of the village were people from the village of Chinlong, and that these settled on vacant land claimed by no-one else. Under an Ang of the chiefly house of Chinlong they developed into a powerful community, equal in size and military strength to Shangnyu. They used to take heads from Sheangha, Mon, Chui, Chen, and Shiong, and the collections of heads kept in the morung are evidence of their successes in raids. In one morung alone I counted a hundred and eighty head trophies. The men of Tang believe that in (239) their whole history they lost about a hundred heads and captured about three hundred.