Trivia / Nagaland

Traditionally, women of Nagaland encouraged men to undertake ______, as a prerequisite to marriage.

  1. Headhunting
  2. Farming
  3. Exile

Headhunting

Traditionally, women of Nagaland encouraged men to undertake Headhunting, as a prerequisite to marriage. Headhunting is the practice of taking and preserving a person's head after killing the person. Primarily, a male activity, it involved men separating from their women before, during or after coming back from an expedition. The men would go to neighbouring tribes and kill to score the number of heads. The practice of headhunting was banned in the 19th century and is no longer practised in Nagaland.

The Naga people are a conglomeration of several tribes native to the North Eastern part of India and north-western part of Myanmar. The tribes have similar cultures and traditions and form the majority ethnic group in the state of Nagaland.

The Konyak tribe is one of the most populous naga tribe famous for its headhunting tradition. Earlier, they could easily be distinguished from the other tribes due to their ear piercings, and tattoos all over their bodies. They are the inhabitants of the Mon district. Konyaks were the last Naga tribe to adopt Christianity and were infamous for raiding nearby villages for money and headhunting.