The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: jokes about phallic nature of torch
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: As I was coincidentally holding my long electric torch between my legs, one of the girls made a comment which caused a lot of laughter and which as Chingai translated for me said nothing less than that the torch looked like a huge penis as it stuck out between my legs. Yet the tone of the merriment was totally innocent and had nothing filthy about it.