The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook twelve

caption: measures of capacity , length etc.
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 4.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.3.1937-27.4.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (56) Wakching:
text: Medzou and Shankok.
text: Measures of capacity (for rice):
text: hei-niu - a big basket, about two loads; after pounding the dhan contained in it about 25kg. chaul come out. Rs 2/-
text: hei-kai - carrying basket, when filled with dhan just a load. One
text: heikai of dhan: Rs 1/-
text: mu-dho - a small basket, contains dhan for about 6kg. chaul of rice Rs -/8
text: (57) (There are no measures for madhu.)
text: panshou - a big "chunga", there is one in each of the morungs. It is only for measuring chaul not dhan. It contains 6Kg. of chaul worth Rs /8/-
text: nan-shou - a small "chunga" as kept in houses, contains 3kg. of chaul, worth Rs -/4/-
text: ha-shou - a small "chunga" contains about 1.5kg. "chaul" worth Rs -/2/-
text: shean-kap - a drinking "chunga" contains about .5kg. chaul, for which Rs -/1/- has to be paid.
text: (58) A family of four eats about one "nan-shou" of rice for breakfast and lunch. For the latter rice is tied up in leaves.
text: For dinner they eat one "ha-shou" of rice.
text: There are no measures of weight.
text: Linear measures:
Stretch of both arms (from finger tips to finger tips) "pakdza".
pak-kau - from the middle of the chest to the end of the fingers.
(58v) yak-pha - width of one hand
yak-phai-i - width of two hands
yaklan-dza - width of one finger
(59) Yakwong - from the elbow to the ends of the fingers
pak-kau-wong-lim - one arm is outstretched, the other is bent, from the end of the fingers to the elbow of the other arm.
yang-bai - from the left shoulder to the fingers of the outstretched right arm.
yak-shui - stretch of thumb and middle finger
yaklan-i - two fingers etc. for small width
text: (60) For lengths of posts etc.
pakben - 10 lengths of the outstretched arms
pakda - 20 lengths of the outstretched arms
text: Long distances are described as "a march of one day" or "so and so many villages are in between " and so on. (cf. p. 101).
(61) yakshi shiu - circumference of underarm
ya-shi shiu - circumference of calf
yung-geang shiu - circumference of thigh
text: [konyak]