The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: delight of Panso village at destruction of foes
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Panso Pangsha
date: 3.12.1936
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: Panso claim that they are delighted about our visit as the destruction of Pangsha satisfies a long-held passion for revenge against that village. Indeed they had every reason to hold a grudge against Pangsha and their enthusiasm when they saw it go up in flames is understandable, for in the spring before the raid of Saochu and Kejok a troop of Pangsha men had appeared at Panso's gates and had invited the people to fight. Panso as a famous warrior village could not refuse the invitation and several Panso heros threw themselves onto the battle-eager visitors. But their fate was a sad one as they lost twelve heads without killing a single Pangsha man. Laughing the Pangsha people had held up the captured heads and called "We only wanted to show you what men we were. You have nothing further to fear but take care, (20) if you dare to follow us you will catch hell". With these words and with the heads Pangsha left and indeed Panso did not have the courage to take revenge. The superiority of Pangsha even over villages of equal size is put down to their excellent discipline.