The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: customs of Longkhai; a man bitten by a bear
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Longkhai
date: 17.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: The afternoon brought little of interest. I could get some information about Longkhai from a Longkhai man who is here for treatment of a terrible bear bite, but now he's already walking around. The village has the same customs as its mother village, Mon. Here too there are two officials which initiate the phases of the agricultural year. The Yemba who belongs to the Luk-yem clan is the first to build his field huts. (see p. 44) Formerly there also was the Wai-yem clan, a member of which started the harvest but since this clan has died out another man of the Luk-yem clan does it who also initiates planting. If a man of the Luk-yem clan dies, Luk-yem people from Mon come to his funeral and vice versa. Longkhai's Luk-yem men go to that of a Luk-yem man of Mon. Other clans do not do this.