The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: a picnic
medium: diaries
person: MondaChingai
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Lunglam
date: 5.3.1937
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: After two hours of walking, Chingai suggested a rest and something to eat. He knew of a spring near the path and the water which his companion, Monda, brought me in a quickly cut bamboo was clear and cool. Here one always finds the best water somewhere in the woods, never near a village. Nlamo, Chingai, Monda and Yongem started to unpack rice and vegetables and to boil tea in chungas. I too ate my sandwiches. Monda carefully washed his hands both before and after his meal and finally he used some left-over tea for this. Chingai pushed the luxury even further and even washed his feet with tea.