The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: girls morung, big house of Ang, carvings - animal and erotic
medium: diaries
location: Tanhai
date: 4.10.1936
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: Finally the rain stopped and we went off again half dry. (84) For a moment I stepped into the big house of the Ang. At the back there is a separate room with hearth and sleeping platforms which is used by the girls of the Yan-lem morung. Here they are visited by the Yanhai boys. The Yanhai girls have a morung of their own. The Yanhai morung is surrounded by a fence in front to keep out the goats. These now prefer, as in other villages, the shelter of the drum house and also climb around the drum itself. The figure of a tiger running down is carved into the main post of the morung while the Yanhai morung contains the figure of an elephant's head. On the horizontal beam of the Yan-lem one can see among others the image of a copulating couple.