The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: tobacco chewing
medium: diaries
person: Monda
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: Monda had brought a chunga in his load which he now broke. Inside were three little cakes of tobacco leaves, hard baked, dark brown and solid, but of quite a pleasant aroma. This Naga tobacco is first rolled in the hand, then is pressed into chungas and dried over the hearth. However it is not so much smoked as chewed with pan leaves.