The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: head hunting rituals
caption: asking for medicine; boys bring in stones
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Punkhung
date: 6.3.1937
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: Little is happening in Punkhung in the morning. Now and then the young people are beating a drum but then turn towards their preparations. A large number of people looking for cures occupy my camp and beg for medicines. In the meantime some boys go out from each morung and bring back a stone each from the jungle. Soon after midday these stones, none of which is big, are brought to the place where the stones of former years are standing, in a solemn procession with dancing and singing