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: mens dance described in detail
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: The old men themselves already form a circle which is moving clockwise. The forty-one younger men dance within this circle in the opposite direction. Then in their circle, seventeen boys are dancing who all in all are dressed as they are. These boys who belong to the youngest age group in the morung, dance in the same direction as the old men. Even closer to the centre finally there are twenty-three small boys who are not yet members of the morung. They too are wearing small hats with feathers. These smallest boys again move in the same direction as the young men. Finally, right in the centre there are two older men who direct the entire chorus. SKETCH