The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: walk through jungle; stories of a woman's village
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
date: 11.10.1936
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: Now the path wound itself through thick jungle (120), led across many streams with little bridges, and finally it went rather steeply uphill. While walking I asked Chingai about all sorts of tales. The most remarkable one is the one about the women's village. It is called [] and is supposed to be somewhere south-east. In that village the women kill and eat all boys and only allow the girls to grow up. Occasionally they have intercourse with men of other villages but not a single man lives in their own village. They keep a lot of buffalo and whenever enemies come close they drive these dangerous animals towards them.