The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: story of god who married a human; notes on time of day
medium: diaries
person: Chinyang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 14.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.2.1937-31.3.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: In my bungalow I let Chinyang tell me once more the story of Helim, the daughter of Ghawang who married a human and then write it down in the language of Wakching. Strangely enough this text is much shorter than the one I had heard first and it actually consists only of an account in headlines, but everyone agrees with Chinyang that this is the old original text. Later I take notes of the different times of the day and discover that there are fourteen parts of the day, virtually hours, with their own name.