The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: carrying in the head at Oting, dancing and ceremonial
caption: head wrapped and carried in a basket
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 28.2.1937
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: Slowly the procession is moving up the mountain. The piece of head is wrapped up in a basket which is carried by one of the older men. They now start a chant on the open place near my camp, right in front of the fence which keeps the animals from the fields. From more than a hundred throats it swells up mightily and ends in hoarse cries. (107) Several times they walk around the place which is completely filled with the crowd of warriors. With each shout rises a forest of daos out of which shine the white feathers of their hats. Unfortunately it is still foggy and it is not possible to take a satisfactory photograph of this unusual event.