The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: building a morung
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 27.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (89) When a morung is build, mithans, cows and pigs are killed.
text: On the first day they kill one pig (the old man), and they bind palm leaves for the roof together. All members of the morung eat the meat.
text: On the second day, one buffalo or a mithan is killed, by three special clans.
text: Bhenbha hits with an axe the head.
text: Neang-ba stabs it with a spear.
text: Yanahu cuts off the tail.
text: (90) If in a morung there are not members of all clans then the animal is only killed in that manner peculiar to their clans (hitting, stabbing).
text: Then they play on the drum continually till the morung is finished, seven, as long as ten days.
text: If the Au-kheang morung is rebuilt, two clans of the The-phong and one of the Ang-bang come and help.
text: The post (sheng) is smeared with blood of the mithan.