The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: great variation in language; terms of address
medium: diaries
person: Yongang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 24.2.1937
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: (68) Longkhai 24/2/1937
text: Today the weather was looking a bit more hopeful in the morning and the morning was relatively sunny. At first however the village was unusually quiet and together with Yongang and the Ang I took the opportunity to take down the Longkhai equivalent to words familiar to me in the language of Wakching. The differences between the two languages are surprising. Even for completely fundamental concepts, the corresponding words show no similarity, while on the other hand a group of words of less importance is the same in both languages. One difference which touches upon the sociological area is that in Longkhai spouses address each other by their names while this is frowned upon in Wakching and spouses do not at all address each other while they have no children, and later call each other father or mother of so and so.