The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook four

caption: tattooing of girls, nudity
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 19.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 14.8.1936-5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
note: [konyak] means text omitted
text: The women are tattooed on the legs under the knees and on the upper arms. The leg tattoo seems to be done first. Even girls who have their legs already tattooed go still naked. The cloth is by no means meant as a cover of their nudity, because one sees girls who wrapped it around their bodies so high, that their private (34) parts remain uncovered.