The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: women preparing pan leaves with chalk for dancers
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 20.12.1936
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: The women too have come together and I am watching a group which is squatting on the ground preparing pan leaves with chalk for the dancers. On one of the flat winnowers (105) a woman spreads out pan leaves, then smears a small lump of chalk onto each one, folds all of them up and a girl passes them among the dancers who put them into their mouths during the dance.