The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: death of young man fallen from tree
medium: diaries
person: Medzong
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.5.1937
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: In the evening I heard that a Bala man, Medzong, fell off a tree while picking pan leaves and was immediately dead. Everyone is quite horrified but not unusually excited although it is a bad death. When I returned to the bungalow after sunset the young men were coming from the fields. They had only just heard of the misfortune. It is remarkable that news like this does not spread like wild-fire. Yongang did not know name or clan of the victim although he had been in the village all day.