The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: farewell to Longkhai
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 25.2.1937
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: Today on the last day of the celebration of Wen-shau-bu there no longer is any strict genna. Some people go to their fields, others rest in their houses. As the boys who are carrying my luggage to Hungphoi will have to enter a strange village, the Yemba cut down the pole in front of the Ang's house early in the morning for as long as this is standing any visit to another village is prohibited. The farewell from the Ang and his whole family is most sincere. My quinine has done wonders as yesterday already the Ang could even dance. I gave him some more quinine to complete the cure. His wife is the only Naga woman who is completely unrestrained in my company and who even tries to carry on a conversation with the help of translators. I do not like to leave Longkhai and the thought that I may never see it again is painful.