The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: realization of immense danger and narrow escape
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: We reach the river without an accident and we are lucky to only have to cross a very narrow strip of jungle and furthermore to find a good bridge. Arriving on the other side we are in the open territory which goes up to Noklak and are out of any danger. All this time I had not been afraid, but now I realised that the smallest mishap, (264) like a sprained ankle or a later start from the village, could have had most fateful consequences. If we had not seen the Pangsha warriors on the path below us Balbahadur would have stayed in front of the village with his people and would have been in a desperate situation, while we might have been too weak to stop the first attack.