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 brilliant morning, putting on ornaments
caption: preparations for dance, drawing chalk patterns and body painting
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 25.4.1937
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: (85) Here the preparations for the dance are in full swing. The small boys are sitting on the stones of the the dancing circle and paint each other with chalk making white patterns on cheeks, back and arms. Most popular are three small stripes on each cheek and I must say that they do look pretty indeed on the brown skin