The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: narrow exit from village for defence , thorny defences
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Cheswezumi
date: 5.6.1936
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: We left the village through a different entrance than the one we had entered it. A narrow rocky gorge is overgrown by trees and prickly creepers. Only one man at a time can get through this tunnel so that it is easy to defend. The wings of the beautifully carved door have fallen off their hinges and are leaning against the stone wall half rotting away. The entire village is surrounded by an inpenetrable hedge of spiky bushes and creeper plants. By the way, the houses of the poor people are closer to the edge of the village where they are more exposed in the case of a raid, while the wealthy have their houses in the centre.