The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf Naga diary on his return to Nagaland, 1970

caption: row of stones representing sexual conquests
medium: diaries
person: Deusuba/ of LaisongEasoing/ of Laisong
ethnicgroup: Zemi
location: Laisong
date: 17.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: As we passed through a rice-field on the slope below the village, I noticed a row of stones. Deusuba explained that they had been put up in the name of Easoing, a wealthy man whose heir had given Rs 100 to the young men and boys of his morung to erect the stones. There was one big stone, representing Easoing and 35 smaller stones standing in a line. The latter were a tally of the women with whom he had had sexual relations. Even a simple act of intercourse with a woman was sufficient qualification for a stone to be put up.