The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript tour diary of W.G. Archer, S.D.O. Mokokchung 1947

caption: visit to Ungr and Chuchu Yimlang
caption: morung and morung carvings at Chuchu Yimlang
medium: tours
keywords: moatzu
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Chuchu Yimlang
date: 8.2.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: The other morung is in a vastly better condition. It contains six frontal pillars and all of them are fully carved. The first has two great pythons wriggling down its length with a human head carved between the tails. The second has a head, then two hornbills (down) then two more (up) then a leopard (down) and then another (up). The central pillar begins with an animal called Shinu mungmung, there there is a pig, then a tiger (down) (65) then a head, then another tiger () and finally a mithan's horns. The fourth has two hornbills (), after that a tiger (), an then a second tiger (). The fifth pillar consists of a monkey and a man. The monkey is gripping the man's head and there is the same plant-like forms on the man's chest. The sixth is a single tiger ().
text: Inside the morung and used as a partition is an old village door. On one side a plant-like form is incised so as to cover the whole plant (sic) while at the back are two great horns.
text: This morung is very far from moribund and boys of the first or songpur grade still sleep in it at night. At the Moatzu festival, the songpur boys raise a subscription in the village, buy pigs with the money and kill them at the morung. All the carvings are daubed with blood and the eldest says 'May all the heads of all the villages at feud with us come here'.