The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: taboos and gongs
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 25.3.1937
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: In the evening I then accompanied him to his house to fetch a gong which I wanted to buy. The whole family and two other men were sitting around the fire. The two girls were looking at the cloth but without showing particular pleasure or enthusiam. (233) Maybe they suppressed it in my presence. Now during the rice planting it is prohibited to beat gongs and people who are planting themselves may not even touch a gong. Once the seeds are in the ground the gongs may be played again until some time after the Oulingbu. It is also prohibited now to carry a gong into another village as it would be carried passed fields.