The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: suicides and their causes
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 1.6.1937
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: (199) Today in particular some interesting matters came up as a result of asking about words. I heard of five suicides with names and circumstances. All had hanged themselves. One of them was the double suicide of two poor old Shiong people. In two other cases age or property also were the main reason. One wife of the Ang, Longme, hanged herself because he had punished her for adultery by cutting off her hair. A girl from Chingtang hanged herself because her parents would not allow her to marry her lover, but instead wanted to force her to marry her fiance.