The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: coffin painted and mat put inside
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 26.7.1936
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: (133) Now came an ancient old man, his thin body only covered with a narrow belt. He brought a few handfuls of red soil wrapped up in leaves. He now ground this up in a pottery shard and with water he mixed a thin paste. Then he tested the coffin, added a last touch to the carvings, and began to paint the hornbill heads in red