The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: Shankok laments absence of sexual affairs
medium: diaries
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 21.5.1937
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: Shankok came in the evening. Laughingly he complained that he could not find a girl now. The girls in his age group are all already married and the younger ones are afraid to get involved with a married man as they also fear his wife's rage. So for the time being he has to sleep by himself in the morung. His face would become brown and ugly from this abstinence. It only could remain nice looking and reddish if one sleeps with women. He speaks openly about his current difficulties to infatuate a new girl, even to others who find it rather funny.