The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: further details of accidental death
medium: diaries
person: Medzong
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.5.1937
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: (164) Wakching 20/5/1937
text: Only today I found out further details about yesterday's bad death. Medzong, a younger married man of the Leunok, Bala, went to the forest between Wakching and Wanching together with Shungna (Shungtahu, Bala) to pick pan. Both climbed trees and suddenly Shungna heard a hollow fall. He called his partner and had no response. Anxiously he ran to the tree which the other one had climbed and on the ground he found the lifeless body of Medzong. He covered him with banana leaves and then ran into the village to get help.