The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: gift of a cow
medium: diaries
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: Late at night some boys brought a cow from the plains (195) which the gaonburas of the two small Namsang had bought as salaam for me. It was killed on the spot and divided. Of course I protested against such a salaam but the gaonburas pacified me by saying that although the cow was slaughtered in honour of me, the people of the village would eat most of it. It was like with Ghawang who also only ate tiny parts of the sacrificed offerings while the people had the rest. I received a leg of the cow which however I will only eat this smallest fraction of.