The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: burning old palm leaf roofs to kill bugs
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 28.8.1936
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: The glow of fire came from several places. The old palm leaf roofs which are being replaced by new ones now are thrown on heaps and are now burnt. The main reason for the replacement are the millions of bugs which live in the roofing and which cannot be removed in any other way. While passing the houses one often hears a fine rustling which is caused by the innumerable beetles and bugs crawling through the palm leaves. The same evening the Ang and his helpers brought the drum to the bungalow.