The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: measurements and beating of drums
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Ao
date: 8.11.1936
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: I measured one of the great slit drums. Its length is 10 metres. The diameter 1 metre. In the evening some men played and sang in my honour. The beating of the drum is very different from the Konyak. Heavy beams which are leaning against the drum are hit against it, partly by boys who were perched on top of the drum and only one or two people use actual sticks. The singing is pleasant to our ear (178) and reminds me somewhat of solemn Russian choral songs.