The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: group of boys and girls sing dreary songs
medium: diaries
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
text: I did not wait for their arrival and preferred to go instead to a place where a group of boys were singing outside next to a platform. The smoke in the The-phong house was just simply unbearable for my eyes. Now from all sides the same dreary songs sound and the full moon stands bright and silvery over the village. I can even hear pounding from one house. A woman probably crushes millet or rice into flour. The groups of girls and men have both married and unmarried people without difference. As long as a girl has no child yet and does not live with her husband, she leads the life of an unmarried person and can, if she wants to, spend the nights in the rice granary, not only with her husband but with other boys as well. Bad signs for the legitimacy of the first child.