The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: female attractiveness and nudity
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 14.4.1937
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 far as the charm of concealment is concerned, his comments were virtually identical with Chinyang's. (See page 38). He said completely bare breasts are not nearly as enticing as when they are partly covered. "If a cloth slightly covers a breast one thinks it must be beautiful, it would be nice to touch it and one starts desiring, but if a girl wears her breasts out in the open the desire is not nearly so strong". This seems to indicate that the women's concealing dress at feasts has quite an erotic note to it and that their very scant dress while working in the fields does not attract the men. Shankok was especially impressed by Ngapnun's ceremonial decorations and said he would like to have her. Apparently here too snobbishness is of some importance.