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Nagaland Revisited - Mon District, Home of Konyak Naga, former headhunters

Nearly six years after our last tour to Nagaland we visited this state in Northeast India again. At first sight not much had changed. There are still problems with electricity and running water, but - apart from a horrible section between Poilwa and Khonoma - the roads were generally better than last time. But there was something fundamentally new: In the old days the village´s chieftain, the Angh, built his house at the the highest point. Then the missionaries came and converted Nagaland into a state with more than 90% Christians. They demonstrated their power by building churches at an even higher point than the Angh´s house. Now there is something much higher than the churches. Everywhere you can see tall transmitter masts, because nowadays nearly every middle-aged and young Naga possesses a mobile phone that he and she extensively uses. Globalisation has reached at least the young Naga. They wear really trendy clothes and the young girls wear high-heeled shoes on rough roads. Many of them have moved to the towns for work and only come to their home villages for festivals.
But as everybody knows what globalised people look like, I have tried to capture a few of the traditional views and post them here. For some further information also have a look at my gallery "Nagaland, India, Home of Naga Headhunters" http://www.pbase.com/neuenhofer/nagaland_india_home_of_naga_headhunters
In this gallery the people are all Lower Konyak Naga.
There is a lot of further information in German about our tour in Nagaland on our homepage. Click http://www.neuenhofer.de/guenter/nagaland/nagareise2.html
Lower Konyak Naga headhunter from Longwa.
Lower Konyak Naga headhunter from Longwa.
In literature referred to as the Naked Naga. This is still true for some elderly men.
In literature referred to as the Naked Naga. This is still true for some elderly men.
Headhunter in Longwa.
Headhunter in Longwa.
Headhunter consoling his little great-grandson.
Headhunter consoling his little great-grandson.
Konyak Naga with tattoos of a successful headhunter in Shangnyu.
Konyak Naga with tattoos of a successful headhunter in Shangnyu.
Former headhunter in Shangnyu.
Former headhunter in Shangnyu.
Former headhunters singing old war songs in Shangnyu.
Former headhunters singing old war songs in Shangnyu.
Former headhunters singing old war songs in Shangnyu.
Former headhunters singing old war songs in Shangnyu.
Richly decorated former headhunter in Shangnyu.
Richly decorated former headhunter in Shangnyu.
Part of a huge wooden panel in Shangnyu.
Part of a huge wooden panel in Shangnyu.
Tree in which men from one morung of Shangnyu still keep their skulls from headhunting times.
Tree in which men from one morung of Shangnyu still keep their skulls from headhunting times.
Captured heads from headhunting times.
Captured heads from headhunting times.
Konyak Naga with tattoos of a successful headhunter near Shangnyu.
Konyak Naga with tattoos of a successful headhunter near Shangnyu.
Konyak Naga, another headhunter.
Konyak Naga, another headhunter.
The photographer amidst headhunters.
The photographer amidst headhunters.
Two wives of the old Angh (chieftain) of Chui.
Two wives of the old Angh (chieftain) of Chui.
Half of the Angh´s house in Longwa is in India the other half in Myanmar.
Half of the Angh´s house in Longwa is in India the other half in Myanmar.
Two women on the Burmese side of Longwa have fetched water.
Two women on the Burmese side of Longwa have fetched water.
Everywhere in Mon District the hills are set on fire for new crops to be sown later.
Everywhere in Mon District the hills are set on fire for new crops to be sown later.
Jhum cultivation. The ashes make the soil fertile.
Jhum cultivation. The ashes make the soil fertile.
Waterbuffalo skulls from feasts of merit at the Angh´s house in Sheanghah Chingnyu.
Waterbuffalo skulls from feasts of merit at the Angh´s house in Sheanghah Chingnyu.
In Sheanghah Chingnyu (S/ Chingnyu) in front of the Angh´s house. The child is sitting on a special stone; see next photo.
In Sheanghah Chingnyu (S/ Chingnyu) in front of the Angh´s house. The child is sitting on a special stone; see next photo.
In S/ Chingnyu. Under the stone the heads from headhunting times are kept.
In S/ Chingnyu. Under the stone the heads from headhunting times are kept.
In Sheanghah Chingnyu. Skulls from headhunting times.
In Sheanghah Chingnyu. Skulls from headhunting times.
A Christian headhunter´s biography.
A Christian headhunter´s biography.
In Sheanghah Chingnyu.
In Sheanghah Chingnyu.
Evening in In Sheanghah Chingnyu.
Evening in In Sheanghah Chingnyu.
Is this the ideal? (BRO = Border Roads Organisation = road builders).
Is this the ideal? (BRO = Border Roads Organisation = road builders).