The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: buying slaves in the past
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tanhai
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: As we went on Chinyang told me that in his youth they still were buying slaves occasionally. Once people of Chongwe offered Wakching a slave from Phom, "Do you want to take him or not?" they asked. "Where's he from?" "He is a Phom". "Well if he is a Phom we will take him". Between the two villages the Wakching people received him and immediately cut off his head. It was a captured boy whose parents had been killed during a raid. The Oukheang people took the head and paid twenty layas, a pig and a lump of salt.