The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: an Ang clan turned Ben
medium: diaries
person: Yongem
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 15.3.1937
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: Yongem today told me something which seems improbable to me. He says that the Yanahu clan formerly was an Ang clan but at the time of an epidemic which killed many people the Yanahu men asked an augurer what they should do. He advised them to give up their position as an Ang clan and to eat with the Ben people which they did. This saved them from the epidemic but now the Yanahu people die a difficult death suffering from breathlessness.