The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: splendid costume and decorations of Panso warriors
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Panso
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: But all these men made a splendid appearance. Many wore hats with red goats' hair and hornbill feathers frequently with a chain of tigers' claws hanging around the chin. Belt and lengta are embroidered with cowries and the latter furthermore decorated with a shiny brass disc. Many men wear leggings of bear skin which to some degree protects them against panjis. Some wear leggings (21) and arm shields of rattan died red with a pattern of yellow orchid stems as they are also worn by the Angami. A wide ring of strong plaiting is worn on the right upper arm which is not covered by the shield, in order to protect it against dao strikes. Here the dark blue cloths are often decorated with different cowrie shell designs, among them concentric circles are frequent. The men are well built and they offer a spectacular image in their colourful attire