Kachin Dao

SA9 Naga Kachin Dao

Code:  SA9

This is an antique dao of the Kachin, a tribe living East of Nagaland in region of Burma.  Like their neighbors, the Naga, the Kachin are a fiercely independent group of tribes that customarily raided each other and neighboring areas in the pursuit of human heads.  Of all the “head hunting” tribes of the world, the Naga and Kachin were perhaps the most feared, and for good reason.  The dao sword was their weapon of choice. A smaller dao, used for domestic purposes (differentiated from the combat purpose of the dao sword) is virtually the only other tool available. The sword type is from the Hkahku, Nung, Duleng, Jinghpaw and other Kachin tribes. 

This day is over 31” in total length and still sharp enough to shave your beard (as long as you are up to date on your tetanus shots).  It is straight, heavy, square-ended with a chisel-edged blade that is narrowest at the hilt. 

Read more about the Naga

Yimchunger Naga man with his spear and dao, wearing a typical apron embroidered with cowrie shells. 
Semator village, near Burma border.

Yimchunger Naga man with his spear and dao, wearing a typical apron embroidered with cowrie shells.
Semator village, near Burma border. 
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