The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Four. Above the Clouds
caption: offer of bitter tea
medium: books
person: Mills/ J.P.
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: The men from Wakching offered us tea; it tasted dreadfully bitter. But this was not really surprising, for the leaves had been boiling in water for a long time and the beverage was now a deep brown colour. Why did these Nagas offer us tea? I began to long for the good Angami rice-beer. Mills chatted with the men. He (31) knew some of them well, for he had been to Wakching before. They talked fluent Assamese. This was a great advantage, for I would have found it quite hopeless to try to learn the language of Wakching, as well as Assamese, within a few months.