The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: tattooing of girls from Tanhai and Kongan
medium: diaries
person: Chinyang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Tanhai Kongan
date: 17.2.1937
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: Chinyang also told me (21) that today girls from Tanhai had come to get their legs tattooed (as I found out later, Kongan girls had come as well), but he added immediately that men were not allowed to watch the tattooing process. The women enclose the entire platform with mats. This prohibition does not exist when the small girls are tattooed on the calves of their legs but no man is supposed to see how those girls are tattooed around and above the knees and on their thighs who will soon move into the house of their husbands and generally are already pregnant.