The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: Wakching head receiving rituals
caption: splendid reception by warriors as head brought to Wakching
medium: diaries
person: Medzou
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
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: Closer to the village all the gaonburas were waiting (apart from Medzou, who I missed later on as well), and after an overwhelming welcome and innumerable interested questions about our move against Pangsha, I moved on at the head of my group of friends. Where the first wooden storehouses line the trail a richly decorated crowd of warriors steps out towards us. They were the young people of the Balang morung who had fetched their share of the head already yesterday from Tamlu. They far exceed the people of Tamlu and Wanching in the splendour of their decoration and the painting of their faces and chests which have lines of white chalk