The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: forked phallic posts and memorials
medium: diaries
location: Chingmiren
date: 18.11.1936
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: There are no heads to be seen as the people of Chingmiren leave them in the jungle once they have fallen off the bamboo poles. They do not keep them in the village. The dead are buried in the house but wooden memorials are evidence of a man's deeds. We saw for example a long row of forked posts in phallic form and posts with birds' heads' points