The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: weights and measures
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 5.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
seealso: notebook 12 p. 56
text: Towards evening I spoke to Medzou and Shankok about measurements. It turns out that originally Wakching had no weight measurements and did not measure anything by weight. By contrast there are numerous measurements in volume for measuring rice (notebook 12 p. 56). There are no measures for greater distances. The shorter lengths are taken from the human body and they are very numerous. Of the cardinal points there are names only for East and West.