The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: girls assemble for feast ; shortage of personal names
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 7.8.1936
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: Indeed at 8 o'clock I wandered through darkness and rain to the house in question where the inhabitants and some girls were sitting in the interior room around a fire. I was offered tea which was terribly strong and bitter. Over the fire a big kettle with rice beer was boiling away, a thick brownish liquid which I suspected consisted of more millet than rice. Slowly the other girls arrived, altogether there were ten. Four of them were called Men-yin, two Shui-dzing and two Men-dzing. These peoples lack of imagination when it comes to individual names is really distressing and stands in surprising contrast to the wealth of names found among the Angami.