The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: salt and salt mines, trade in daos
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Mon
date: 31.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: There is a salt mine near Mon and the cattle come there and spoils the path still more. (30) The Mon people eat the salt of this mine. A hole is dug into the salt containing ground, a hollowed tree vertically inserted, the salt water comes up from the bottom to ground water level and is drawn out through the hollow tree by bamboo vessels and carried home. (SKETCH P.30
text: When Chinyang was young they only had Naga salt in Wakching. They bought it from Chi and Mon where there are many (31) salt mines.
text: The salt water is cooked in earthen pots till the salt remains. They pour in salt water again and again. Some people boil it also in bamboo tubes.
text: Hemdzing (Dubniu) means salt village (hem = salt). They paid one dao for two blocks of salt as long and thick as a man's under arm. It was on the bottom side white and on the upper side black. Wakching paid with daos, Hemdzing doesn't make daos.