The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: death rhythm on drums
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: When the players, whose naked backs are shining with sweat in the light of the fire, finally put down their sticks, the young Ang carries on by himself for a few minutes, and announces again, so to speak, that the morung's Ang is dead by beating the death rhythm. No feast is held in the morung (112) but the Mon people withdraw to the houses of those friends they are spending the night with. Accompanied by a torch carrier I reach my camp.