The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: boys arrive ; doleful singing
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: After a considerable time had past one could finally hear the voices of the young men. They came in a group (169) with oil lanterns and umbrellas and they stopped in front of the door in order to sing. This choral song was probably the most monotonous music I have ever heard. One might have believed that they were singing at the grave of their dearest friend, that is how sad the song sounded. Their melody had a very limited range. They sing like this for about half an hour while the girls sit on the big crushing table in the ante-room all very shy. Finally the youngsters come into the main room and sit down around the fire without paying much attention to the girls.