The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: over-eating at feasts
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 28.5.1937
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: Yesterday the gaonburas slaughtered the cow I had given them as a farewell with the result that this morning (190) not a single one of them showed up. The hangover after yesterday's celebration probably kept them at home. It is anyway remarkable that the people here over-eat at most feasts and then complain of stomach pains. This common complaint also shows that they certainly do not have the strong stomachs one often hears about in other accounts of primitive peoples.