The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: distinctive dress and tattoos of Ang of Zu-nyu
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Zu-nyu
date: 30.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: In the afternoon came the Ang of Zu-nyu, the Banfara Peak, with a large entourage. He is a middle-aged man with a dignified stature and a refined, gentle appearance. His well-cut, expressive face (150) is richly tattooed. His hair is tied back with a white cloth. In his ears he has big white shell discs from which hang several small bunches of black hair wrapped up with red thread and around his neck he wears numerous strings of orange beads. A small loin cloth hangs from the tight rattan belt but he mostly covers himself with his wide white coat. The grotesque opposite to this beautiful, truly aristocratic appearance is the costume of one of his lower Angs