The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: head on a skull tree
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.1.1937
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: (189) As nothing promises to happen anywhere in the village I go back to answer Wright's letter and only return after lunch. At the Thepong morung a boy shows me the piece of head which had been hanging on the skull tree and now is placed on one of the stones of the morung area. No one seems to care for it at the moment and I go off to Shankok's house. There I just encounter the group of young men and boys who are going from house to house dancing, that is to all the houses that have killed pigs, and who are served everywhere. They mostly dance on the open platform or inside the house. (190) The Thepong women who have married into other morungs, for example Medzou's wife, also come to the houses of their relatives and participate in the meal.