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: a wet morning
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 24.4.1937
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: (81) Wakching 24/4/1937
text: The magic moon night was followed by a dull morning. Clouds of fog moved in over Wakching and it even rained for a short while but not much was happening in the morung any way, and therefore the weather hardly affected the feast. They would not have danced in the rain as otherwise all ornaments would suffer too much. The men have nothing to do apart from the occupation with their dress, but the women of course have to fetch water, even on such feast days. On the other hand the ceremonies are much less demanding on them and while the men dance for hours, they are sitting on the platforms watching.