The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: ceremonial peace, parting as friends; use of ginger
medium: diaries
person: Mongsen
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Chingmei
date: 29.11.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: So now all differences are removed and the ceremonial peace agreement can be made. Mills asks Mongsen once again whether he agrees that there is no blood between them, then he drinks a mug of rum while touching Mongsen's hand and then passes him the mug. Mongsen dips a small piece of ginger into the rum and throws it away, then he empties the mug. The other two Pangsha men do the same. Now as a dobashi points out a burn on Mongsen's foot the doctor babu is called who treats the foot and dresses it. Mongsen received the wound when after our retreat he rushed into the still burning village to look after his pig. It is admirable that despite the wound he could still lead the attack against us and now could come the long way to Chingmei. (7) The men from Himbu and Tsawlaw who actually had had no reason to come to us but who had been valuable for discovering the whereabouts of the slave girl, were also served rum, and then we all parted as friends.