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: a further dance in front of each morung
medium: diaries
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.12.1936
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: A dozen times the dancers had encircled the place next to the Thepong when the four leaders left the circle and in small springing steps started to run down the stony street towards Shankok's house. More slowly the long line (98) of all the others followed and when the four had reached a head start they formed a row and danced in one place brandishing the daos. They continued this way to the Bala morung where again the procession formed a circle while the leaders continued their dance separately, only however to soon move to the head of the dancers again and to lead them to the stone circle next to the Balang.