The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: procession to stones - old genna place
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tanhai
date: 31.12.1936
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: In the afternoon the men of both morungs move in a long procession to a place outside the village where once stood the house of the Ang of Tanhai but where no bamboo groves thrive. Once Tanhai was a big village supposedly with ten morungs but it was so weakened by constant attacks from Chi (137) that not even the old settlement could be kept, but the people still remember exactly where the old morungs once stood. About half a mile from the village the procession stopped and a raised area next to the path was cleared of undergrowth. Several stones appeared obliquely stuck into the ground and here on the old genna place the ceremony was to take place.