The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: village on terraces, houses on platforms, people sitting
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Thenizumi
date: 4.6.1936
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: Thenizumi is as the summit of a mountain, or rather at the end of a mountain shoulder. For that reason every house stands on a different level and while taking the census of the village one has to climb continuously from one terrace to the other over stone steps and along slippery paths. The differences in height between the terraces sometimes are no more than one metre, at others they are so big that from one terrace one looks down on the roofs of the houses standing below. At the ridge of the terraces, one often finds platforms on poles which are slightly raised towards the edge and which are used as seats mainly by the young men, but also by women and old men. Often one can see a whole row of young men wrapped in whitish cloaks sitting on these platforms like swallows