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The Konyak are a Naga people, and are recognised among other Naga by their tattoos, which they have all over their face and hands.
The term Naga people refers to a conglomeration of several tribes inhabiting the North-Eastern part of India (states of Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) and North-Western Burma. The tribes have similar cultures and traditions.
One of the most striking social characteristics of the Nagas was the practice of headhunting. The Naga hills were the “paradise of headhunters.” Most villages had a skull house and each man in the village was expected to contribute to the collection. The taking of a head is symbolic of courage and men who could not, were dubbed as women or cows. There is nothing more glorious for a Naga than victory in battle by bringing home the severed head of an enemy. They were entitled to have tattoos on their faces and chests with every act of headhunting.