The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter One. The Material Background
caption: Tanhai village and Longkhai, different again
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Tanhai Longkhai
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York9:2
text: Turning from Shiong to the northeast he reached, after another hour's walk, the village of Tanhai. The dress of the people of that village resembled his own, but the language differed from the dialects of both Wakching and Shiong. At a distance of less than 3 miles from Tanhai lay the village of Longkhai. Here the visitor from Wakching found himself among a people who spoke yet another dialect, although they dressed in the same way as the Shiong people. He, who was used to living in his own village as an equal among equals, found in Longkhai a chief of aristocratic blood, dominating the community as its undisputed ruler. There, houses were built in a style considerably different from that of Wakching, Shiong, and Tanhai.