The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-seven. Return to Nagaland
caption: drinking and smoking opium
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Tang
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: That evening we went to talk to the Ang, and to lighten the atmosphere I brought two bottles of rum which I had purchased in Mon. We found the Ang sitting at his hearth with his half-brother and a few retainers. He was smoking opium, and complained about all sorts of pains including headache. A tablet of Saridon which I offered was gratefully accepted, and the Ang soon felt better. The rum too found favour with the company, and some of the retainers and other villagers became much more talkative than the Ang.