The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: hanging up of head and circular dance
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan
date: 24.12.1936
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 boys who belong to the small colony of the Chingha first go into their own morung (115) but after a few minutes they return to the place in front of the larger Chingha. The basket with the head is hung onto the drum and the brave captors of this trophy line up to form a circle dance in front of the morung. The dance is very tame. Slowly they walk around the circle, with their eyes lowered they start singing in alternation