The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: an opium eater offers necklace
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 13.8.1936
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: Late at night there was a knock at the window and when I went out to see what was the matter there was a suspicious looking man in front of me but he soon turned out to be a familiar opium eater from Kongan. He offered me a multi-stringed necklace of those yellowish-brown stones which the Nagas call spirit beads. Their origin is not quite certain. He claimed that it was a very old piece. As the price was moderate I bought it. Then I spent some time talking with the man who makes a miserable impression and apparently spends all his money on opium.