The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook three

caption: taboos on special occasions, fishing, war etc.
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 27.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 8.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (191) When a head-hunting party has gone to war, their women may not pound rice and not go to the fields, - they only fetch wood and fire-wood, and they don't allow strangers to come into their houses. The night before a man goes to war he does not sleep with his wife but in the morung. Also before going to fish a man remains chaste and sleeps in the morung, otherwise he wouldn't be able to catch any fish, as many he may see.