The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: attractive Ao woman described
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Ao
date: 20.7.1936
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: (119) Tamlu 20/7/1936. Today was again most fruitful in every respect. We left at about 8 o'clock in a light fog through which one could already sense the presence of the sun. Behind us were a few women with their carrying baskets on their way to the fields. The Ao women are generally more attractive than the Angami as well as the Konyak. Their skin is frequently very light and with a strong yellow hue to it and one can see many good figures. One of the women walking behind us would seem pretty in any context with her perfectly shaped breasts, the beautiful loose hair falling over her shoulders, the confident, straight gait, and her cheerful regular features. She wore her little loin cloth with as much unselfconsciousness as any English woman might wear her Sunday best.