The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: single man jumps, shouts and dances
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 18.12.1936
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: Here he now starts a wildly moving dance remaining virtually on one spot but while jumping, twisting to the right and left, accompanied by shrill cries, he brandishes his dao and seems to challenge a crowd of enemies to fight for life or death. Another man takes over, then the group of dancers move on. An open space where obviously a house is to be built allows them to form a circle.