The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: living at peace with Yimsungr; heads not kept in morung
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Chang
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: (205) About Chingmiren it should be added that this Chang outpost which always is covered in the back by the nearby Tuensang is living peacefully at the moment with the Yimsungr. Unlike the usual Chang custom the Chingmiren people say that they do not keep enemy heads in the morung as that harms the fruit of the fields. The Sangtam have a similar notion. They told us in Phire-Ahire and other villages that they stopped keeping heads from hostile villages of their own tribe in the village as they discovered that this ruined their harvest.