The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: throwing away bad luck attached to a dead enemy
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 16.2.1937
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: The other men in the meantime had tied together small bamboo sticks in the manner of pan-pipes, and into each pipe they had stuck some blades of a tough cutting grass. The boys and young men now ran to the village fence with such a flat bundle each in their hands and threw the bundles over the fence into the jungle to throw away symbolically all bad luck attached to the dead enemy.