The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: running to escape down steep hillside
medium: diaries
location: Pangsha
date: 26.11.1936
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: What happens in the next few minutes can only be explained by a sketch of the terrain but while the events occur I am not at all clear myself what is actually happening. As fast as I can I run down the slope, my rifle in one hand and the big basket with the heads over my shoulder. The three metre tall stalks of millet obstruct the vision although one can get ahead quite easily. (261) Next to me I see the dobashis, apart from Mills and Smith and only very few sepoys. While just a moment ago I had still thought that we would await the Pangsha men on the path and receive them with rifle shots, I now have the impression that we are fleeing and that everyone tries to get downhill as fast as his feet can carry him.