The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: boys adorning themselves, cutting hair etc
medium: diaries
person: Yongang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 3.9.1936
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
seealso: notebook 6 p. 54 for words
text: (255) Wakching 3/9/1936.
text: Only today it feels as though it actually is a feast day. The boys sit in the morungs and on the platforms adorning themselves. One cuts another's hair, another one paints green designs on his wide bark belt using the crushed leaves of the indigo plant and a third tries out, with the help of a tiny mirror, which ear ornament might look best on him. Green leaves are fastened to all door posts and to the skulls of sacrificed or hunted animals, and at Yongang's we arrive just in time to see how the clan elder throws rice at these leaves which had been mixed with some blood of an animal slaughtered yesterday.