The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: throwing sharp sticks at tree in boys initiation
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 23.10.1936
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 however they dashed down the steep The-pong path with small sharp bamboo sticks to a tree not far from the village well and they threw their little bamboo 'spears' against it. Immediately they (158) ran up to the morung again and beat the drum together with several older boys in the rhythm which is otherwise used when a head is brought home.