The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: phallic and forked posts for feasts of merit
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Ungri (Ungr)
date: 15.7.1936
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: Soon after Akoia we came to Ungr. The name of the village reminds one strongly of the Ang clan of the Konyak. (104) Here and in the following villages one sees strange wooden memorials to feasts of merit. Apart from the forked posts one finds low, definitely phallic, posts which are reminiscent of the stone phalli of Dimapur as well as forked posts of a complex form. The latter are compact and short. Two forked outgrowths emerge from a round base which has the mithan ear motif carved on it and these forks sometimes seem to turn into hornbill bodies (film 18 no. 18-19)