Nagaland Warrior Pendants Necklace Ornaments Nagaland India or Burma
|Size||Height: 8cm - 15cm|
This superb old & well used Nagaland Warrior Pendant was worm by men who were successful head-hunters.
The pendant heads represent headhunting trophies. Headhunting among the Naga tribes is legendary and a great source of aggravation during the British Colonial era. For the Naga as also with some New Guinea tribes headhunting was essential to the spiritual well being of communities.
The Naga People are several ethnic groups native to northeastern India and northwestern Burma to Myanmar.
Before Christianity took over traditional Naga Culture each village had its own Morung ceremonial house. The morung, was also sometimes called a “youth dormitory” and was an essential part of Naga life. Apart from the family, a person’s time living in the morung was the most important part of education and acculturation. The morungs were grand buildings, constructed at the village entrance or in a spot to be effectively guarded. Beginning at puberty, young boys and girls were admitted to their respective gender dormitories. Elders conveyed the Naga culture, customs, and traditions from generation to generation through folk music and dance, folk tales and oral tradition, wood carving and weaving, while the young lived in the morung.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Nagaland Art & Asian & Oceanic Arts
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