The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: drums and sexual motifs of carvings in Tuensang
medium: diaries
location: Tuensang
date: 9.12.1936
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: Several wooden figures lean against the front of the morung with a strong emphasis on the sexual parts. They are not supposed to serve a particular purpose but only stand there for decoration. Following Mills question of whether he might be allowed to take one of the figures, the gaonburas said they had no objection. The boys were always hitting these statues with their daos anyway and they would get destroyed that way in any case. There is a slit drum in a third morung, the end of which is carved into a very naturalistic buffalo head