The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: circling dance of Mon warriors
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: Standing in a circle the warriors lift their spears and call out battle cries which end in a rough, gloomily rising call. Then they walk around the circle and a man recites some words in a loud voice which according to Chingai have the following approximate meaning. "The small Ang of Ding-donba is dead. The great Ang of Mon feels great sadness therefore". Again they form a circle and the hardly human cry sounds into the night. It has become dark and this cry makes me slightly scared for the first time in the Naga Hills and I doubt that I would like to meet those otherwise so nice young people when they are just on the war path.