The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: bitter roots eaten in famine
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 11.4.1937
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: I was shown the whitish tubers of a fern on the way back which in time of need are eaten here as well as in Chi, Mon etc. It is prepared like taro but is supposed to taste bitter and unpleasant. Chinyang said that it tastes so bad and gives you such a stomach ache that in Wakching it is not even eaten in times of hunger. We only get home after sunset and not much is happening in the evening. While the Ang is eating and sitting with his main wife in their communal living room, his Ben wives and their children squat around a fire in the large back room.