The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: Pangsha heads and other ethnographic objects
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 9.5.1937
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: (142) Wakching 9/5/1937
text: Today we put my things into large carrying baskets which the people lend me. In addition there are many large objects which have to be carried separately. The Ang has carved a coffin as for the Great Angs and he has tied it up with mats and palm leaves just as it happens at a real funeral. Furthermore he has made a small platform which I also take along. Today I took the Pangsha heads from their baskets which caused much excitement. Yongang took one of the well-preserved heads and to the laughter and amusement of the other gaonburas he danced around with it with a serious expression. The carved heads along one row pleased Chinyang very much and he thought that this was an excellent custom, to carve such heads and hang them up with the real ones. The brass rings with the large point obviously cast in cire perdu also caused admiration. No one in Wakching has ever seen any of these. Also just as strange to them was a dao from Panso of the following shape.