The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: the Ouliengbu or spring festival
caption: tattoos and decorations and costumes
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 23.4.1937
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: In general black dominates among the older men. In their right hand they brandish daos and many carry a spear in their left which is covered with black goats' hair. Most of them have not put on much jewellery and some poor people do not have much more than a belt with an old rag as 'lengta', and an ancient hat. Forty-two men dance in this row in which sixteen still had the chest tattoos of real headhunters but only some middle-aged men have put on the full ornaments. The young men and boys follow the old men. (78) They have put on all the ornaments they could lay their hands on but Shankok sticks out among all of them, no one can compete with his wealth in necklaces of highest value. The young people's headdress is much more unified. They wear, with only a few exceptions, hats with red goats' hair and hornbill bird feathers. Some of these hats also have pairs of boar's tusks added in front and back.