The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Five. Heathens and Baptists
caption: tin roofed chapel and missionary singing in Chantongia
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Chantongia
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: A bell rang, feebly and tinnily, and the sound of singing rose in our ears. Were these Naga voices? It sounded like a hymn or a chapel-chant -- or perhaps not quite like either. This singing was entirely different from Naga music, the melodies were not in harmony with Naga expression -- as discordant as the ugly tin-roofed chapel amidst the palm thatches of the village houses.