The Headhunting Konyak Tribe of Nagaland

Longwa village, situated on the eastern edge of Nagaland, is home to the fierce Konyak Naga Tribe.

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The Longwa village is situated on the eastern edge of India’s north-eastern province of Nagaland. This village is home to the fierce Konyak Naga Tribe.

Konyaks have been known as fierce headhunters for centuries until the 1970s. Killing an enemy and bringing back their head was considered a rite of passage and was rewarded by a tattoo on the face or the chest of the warrior.

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