The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: meal in the field hut , feast to work group , drunken girls and men
medium: diaries
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 5.6.1937
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: Around noon the women gather in the field hut for a meal which again consists of red rice and a thick taro paste. Afterwards they pack their baskets with the stacked up wood. In the evening they will carry it to Shankok's house. There they receive another meal and help pounding rice, for example. Shankok also told me that towards the end of weeding some people who had gangs working for them which had boys and girls (208) gave a little feast for the young people of the other morung, that is either for the girls or for the boys, in the field house on one of the last days, for which a small pig is killed and a great amount of madhu is prepared. The guests are urged to drink more and more until they are often completely drunk. The morung companions of the host drink less. Frequently the celebrated guests are then too drunk to go home. If this happens to the girls the boys then carry them home on their backs which they consider to be a particularly enjoyable occupation. They even do not mind if the girls get sick on the way and the spat out madhu runs down over their shoulders. It gets more grotesque if the girls are the hosts and the boys get drunk. It is no exception then that the girls take them on their backs and carry them into the village. A girl is supposed to carry a boy without any problems, at least for a while, and when it is too far the girls take turns.