The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: language; sudden death
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 4.6.1937
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: (205) Wakching 4/6/1937
text: With the help of a Longkhai gaonbura I could supplement my small word list of the Longkhai language. It is the same as the language of Mon. Today the whole village is genna because an old woman of the Thepong died a sudden death of a kind which is considered portentous. Supposedly she had long suffered from mental disturbances and now she collapsed and died at a steep part of the village. Shankok did not want to talk much about it as it is said that Ghawang sends this kind of sudden death and it is bad luck to talk much about it.