The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: trade cloths; joke about indecent clothing
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang
date: 20.3.1937
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: However making pots and weaving is genna for the women of Namsang. All cloths are bought from the Ao or from the plains. To make the small blue aprons several boys and men buy a large Ao cloth and cut it up. The girls then embroider these aprons with red and yellow cotton or wool. (216) One of the boys who always come to my tent is making jokes about the men of those villages where no loin cloths are worn at all. He is wondering what they do when they see a pretty girl and have an erection. Supposedly such men are forced to cover themselves when they come through Namsang.