The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: detailed description of huge Ang's house, carvings
medium: diaries
location: Punkhung
date: 5.10.1936
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: (90) On the way back we went through the Ang's house. Two stairs, each cut from a tree trunk, lead up to the platform and the big open hall where much of the Ang families life takes place. (L) SKETCH GROUNDPLAN OF HOUSE 91
text: Next to this room but not connected to it is the big room with the hearth where also all tools, pots and baskets are put (H). Separated from it by a wall (91) but using the same entrance there is a chamber with a single bed (G). On the other side of the passage (F) which is at right angles to the long room (C) is the room of the Ang's son (E). He sleeps on his bed (b) together with his Ang wife while his two Ben wives have their own beds (c). Separate from the big open hall (L) is furthermore a room with machans on three sides (K) which serves as a 'morung' for the girls of the Ang morung. Young men of the Long-dze morung sleep with them here. Only separated by a passage (D) from the Ang son's chamber there is a room (B) with a hearth which is only separated from the anteroom (A) by a low wall and here the seat of the Ang (a) stands, similar to a huge bed. The Ang sits in this room when he has visitors especially if they come from other villages. A row of hornbill heads is at both ends of the seat.