The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-two. Love and Poetry
caption: dance songs or chants
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Very different from songs sung by individuals or small groups of boys or girls in the intimate atmosphere of a peaceful evening in a mens' house or girls' dormitory, are the dance-songs chanted ; by the full complement of a morung from the youngest boy to the oldest warrior who can still swing a dao and bend his knees in the rhythm of the festive round dance. Pride in one's own morung is expressed in numerous songs praising the might and prowess of its mythical or historical founders.