The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: men in circular dance
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 23.2.1937
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
seealso: notebook 8,p.191
text: As soon as the rain stops however the men appear on the opening again and now form a great circle on the platform. (66) This dance is restrained and consists primarily in an emphasizing through movement of the chorus words whereby the lifting of the daos plays the major role. It is an alternating song and each phrase of the older men is responded to by the boy's chorus with a "Ha, He". With each of these phrases the men articulate the desire that Longkhai may get the better of a certain Ang from a neighbouring village. The name of the Ang is not always spoken but often another name is used. (See Notebook 8 p. 191).