The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: carved posts, phallic drawings
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongnyu
date: 7.7.1936
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: We climbed up to one of the morung between narrowly spaced houses. A big house with outside walls around the front room in which stand benches and a big pounding board. The posts on which the roof rests are richly carved. Two represent elephant heads, the cross beam has phallic figures and a woman giving birth, along another matrix a row of naked men with guns. Under the roof hang the much weathered skins of two tigers on bamboo frames. All trophies are put into the morung. (80) On the inside a bedroom is demarcated and from this one steps out onto the open platform.