The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: singing and dancing of head-takers
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 13.10.1936
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: Finally the dancers step out of the morung and with the leader in front they take a few steps, only to turn their backs to us and gather around the leader, and while swinging their daos in their hands above their heads they start to sing. Again they move and gather immediately around the leader. In this way it goes on with slow movement around the group of menhir, around the entire space