The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: effects of Christianity, ugly church
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Ao
date: 14.7.1936
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: Chantongia split into two villages some time ago as the christians were asked by the Government to found their own settlement due to constant disagreements over gennas and similar issues. (101) We first went there where Mills has numerous old friends. He says this is one of the best christian villages, indeed one does not see too many foreign dresses, but in the houses one is offered only tea as drinking rice beer is considered to be a terrible sin. The church is an ugly building with a tin roof. Remarkable is the custom that young girls cover up their breasts but that women who have children go uncovered. This is an old Ao custom which is still kept up by the christian Ao.