Posts Tagged ‘konyak’

Konyak Naga Men in Traditional Clothes

December 14, 2014

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Konyak Naga Men.

“Tattoos on their faces signify that they have partaken in the practice of headhunting.”

December 2014. Hornbill Festival, Nagaland.


Konyak Naga Man

February 6, 2014

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Typical Konyak Man. Is wearing earrings made out of deer horn, necklace made out of tiger teeth and brass heads. Rows of heads, colour combination of threads, and motif on the jacket are typically Konyak. Konyak is also the only Naga tribe that weaves beads.

“Head-hunting — one of the prominent feature among the Konyak. The custom of killing enemy and bringing the head was indicative of courage and pride in the past. The belief among our forefathers was that there was some magical power in the human skull. In the past, a heroic reception was accorded to a warrior who entered the village with the captured head of the enemy. The skull was tied in the log drum and dance and merry-making continued throughout the night. The main importance of taking a head is not the glory of the war but the gain of the magical forces inherent in the skull. The hang-over from such practice is noticed even now. You will sometimes find a man wearing brass heads round his neck. This practice is now as extinct as the dodo in Mauritius.” Source

Photographed in December 2012 at the Hornbill Festival // Inputs from Mercy Tetseo

Konyak Naga Woman

January 23, 2014

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Ethiel Konyak. Konyak Naga. Fashion model. Has a marijuana leaf tattooed on her arm. Wants to get into politics. Lives in Kohima.

Photographed at the Hornbill Festival in December 2012.

Konyak Naga Men

January 22, 2014

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Konyak Naga men.

The word ‘Konyak’ is derived from ‘Kaonyak which means ‘blackhead’ or ‘human’. The connotation is that the look of human appears black with head black. Read more.

Photographed at the Hornbill Festival in 2012.