The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: further ornaments and hair-decoration, Ngapnun
medium: diaries
person: Ngapnun
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: (71) Again the girls' hairdos are arranged and the hair is smoothed down with the help of a lot of saliva. To draw a parting the girls use the knives with a collapsible blade which are so frequent here and are to a large part made in Wakching
text: The two Ang girls Ngap-nun and Ngun-ngam, the daughter of the Ang and a Ben wife, in addition drape red and yellow cloth bought in the plains around their breasts in such a way that long banners hang down in front. (72) The arms have numerous bracelets and long brass pendants are hanging from their ears down to the shoulders. Putting on all the heavy necklaces does not seem to be easy and they furthermore move out of place again and again. When Ngap-nun moves all the bells on back and hips sound as one imagines to hear from a Bajadere. When all is completed the now injured hairdo has to be rearranged and then the girls are ready for the dance. They are wearing no cloth and the wealth of jewellery only allows a glimpse of their backs and stomachs apart from their legs