The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: buffaloes no longer kept in village
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 10.4.1937
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
text: Formerly there were many buffaloes in Wakching. They lived in the forest near the village and often came into the village, especially towards evening, to lick salt. There were no huts or stables for the animals. Later on the people of Wakching also kept mithan but as both kinds of animals always caused a lot of damage in the fields, and as it also became easier to buy the buffaloes for sacrifices in Assam, people finally gave up keeping the animals. Meat of mithan is not eaten by many, especially Ben people, while buffalo meat is considered excellent.