The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: slave girl re-united with her parents in Chentang; hair style
medium: diaries
location: Saochu
date: 7.12.1936
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: (40) A small sensation was waiting for us in camp. The parents of the Saochu slave girl who had been declared dead are both alive and came to Chingmei to fetch their daughter. Now the united family is in our camp and the young woman who up to now had been the most apathetic of all the slaves is looking better and seems to take part again in the events around her. As with apparently all Saochu women, her mother wears her hair short and has two totally shaved-off triangles above her forehead in the place where a man's hair line frequently recedes first. She wears several heavy brass earrings in her ears. The father has the heavy vertical strip of tattoo on his forehead which I have already seen on the people of Tobu.