The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: relations of Ao and Konyak; teeth blackening
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: KonyakAo
location: Anaki
date: 18.3.1937
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: I settle down in the morung and the two gaonburas and several other men sit down around me. Anaki is a unique village. It is half Konyak, half Ao. This is the Konyak morung and the houses below are all Konyak. The two gaonburas are much alike, the Ao too has blackened teeth. Typically Ao however is the excellent rice beer which they give me. It prickles like champagne and is deliciously refreshing. Konyak and Ao seem to live in complete harmony. More recently there even are supposed to have been mixed marriages. The children from such marriages speak both languages, but predominantly that of the father. Otherwise as well most people understand the language of the other khel.