The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: language differences and origins of village
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tanhai
date: 7.3.1937
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: It was confirmed for me that the people of Tamlu's Ung morung speak the same language as Tanhai while the languages of Tanhai and Punkhung show differences. Tanhai, which once was a much bigger village and was situated where recently the head ceremony was performed, had been completely destroyed by Chi not too long ago, (146) maybe two or three generations ago. Sixty heads were captured by Chi and the people of Tanhai were dispersed. They were taken in by their neighbouring villages, in particular Punkhung, Wakching and Wanching, and only after some time they built the present day Tanhai.