The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: mock battle and dance and head capture
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 8.10.1936
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: They briefly rested at the Longshai morung, then went on to the Ding-don morung. There is an open space in front of the dead Ang's house. There the Mon people performed a real show dance. One boy crept up to the place, looked out, returned and fetched another one. Now the two crept forward again (110) threw themselves onto an imaginary enemy and after a brief struggle they threw him down. Now came the other men swinging their spears and daos apparently to kill more enemies. The heads of the defeated were cut off and now they started the war song.