The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: the tattooing; buying tattooing instruments
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 14.10.1936
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 and then the artist stops her puncturing and spreads new blue-black dye on the part to be worked on. The girls do not seem to have too much compassion for their moaning friend but act as though the whole affair is quite funny, at least they break out laughing again and again. When I return after some time the entire operation is over and the patient is partaking of the rice with the other women. I can buy the entire set of instruments used for tattooing from the Ang woman.