The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: description of Panso dance, monotonous singing, jumping
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Panso
date: 5.12.1936
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: The dance has few variation. When we arrive all men are standing in a straight line and while holding hands they move along this line, now to this side, now to the other. It can hardly be called something other than a rhythmic side-step. (32) The song which is started off with it and which continues the same throughout the entire dance consists of the already mentioned baa-ing (compare p. 20) in some intervals and a barking in high shrill notes which does not follow the same strict rhythm but seems to be spontaneous. Sometimes the dancers jump up high with both feet simultaneously and closed knees and this happens so completely in unison that one has the impression looking down along the row of a girls' chorus.