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: hospitality in the girl's morungs
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: In the meantime I go into the 'girls' morung' (yo) of the Oukheang where several Balang boys are already singing with the girls. (95) Of course my arrival causes much hullaballoo, but soon the girls calm down. A daring, really rather pretty girl gives me a betel parcel which I have to put into my mouth whether I want to or not. Then I hand out cigarettes and receive betel from most girls. Soon some girls begin to dance in the 'yo' and some of the Balang boys join them. On the platform of the Angban by now the girls of the Angban are dancing with boys from other morungs, but in the Bala there is a group of Angban boys who move from house to house singing serenades to the girls.