The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: gongs and beliefs about them
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 18.4.1937
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: There is the belief in Wakching that a gong should not be on its own in a house as otherwise the owner would have bad luck and no children. (59) A pair of gongs may be owned by Ben people as well. Nevertheless the gongs are looked upon with a certain degree of caution and carrying a gong is better paid than the carrying of anything else.