The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: huge houses, carvings of animals and drum house
medium: diaries
location: Kuthurr
date: 19.11.1936
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: (206) Like the Chang the houses have enormously protruding gables. The ridge slopes down towards the back of the house. This type is exaggerated in the morungs which house the drums. Their steep gables reach up over all roof tops. These morungs are essentially nothing but drum houses. I saw carvings on the frontal posts which support the protruding roof, of mithan heads, tigers and human figures. The first seemed very similar to the carved mithan heads of the Angami