The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: shame of photographing boys with girls
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wangla
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: After I have changed my sweat-soaked clothes I go through the village with Chingai and some men. (121) The Oting coolies are still in Wangla and are just singing together with the Wangla beauties on the verandah of the house of a gaonbura. I wanted to photograph them and as it was too dark under the overhanging roof Chingai told them to come out into the open. They didn't mind but they did not want to be photographed together with the girls. Yes, separately, one time the girls, then the boys, that I could do without problems, but together it was too embarrassing. It would be 'shorom', to use that word which includes a whole step-ladder of concepts from embarrassment to confusion to the worst shame.