The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: menhirs near Cheswezumi ; arrival at bungalow
medium: diaries
person: Zinne/ of Cheswezumi
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Cheswezumi
date: 3.6.1936
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: At the front of this colourful group we then rode on passed the grave, in the midst of which stood a small round stone. Thevoni said 'This is the dead person'. Under trees was a megalithic resting place with two rows of stone seats. Near where the path branches off to Thenizumi a rest house stands at the end of a little dam, but immediately next to the path stand four menhirs which Thevoni has put up. One represents him and another his wife. From now on we passed a whole lot of menhirs. Very close to Cheswezumi the record erection in one group was thirty eight in two parallel rows. They had been erected by the same man in the following order. Two times two then two times four, two times eight and once ten. (41) One row is for himself, the other for his wife. The man, Zinne of Cheswezumi, is still alive. At quarter past twelve we arrived in the very pleasant and well kept bungalow of Cheswezumi. All around it stand groups of menhir. I took a hot bath which was good for my knee joints, and then we had lunch; chicken of course. After lunch I slept soundly until three then went up to the slightly higher village, that is the newer one as Cheswezumi consists of two villages close to each other, an older and a newer one.