The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: morungs at Wakching
medium: notes
person: Thepong morungPalang morung
location: Wakching Yungya (Yongya)
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 4:13
text: Wakching.
text: Thepong morung. 3 wooden heads with straw shirt hanging from ceiling - got a bit of head from Yongya - 1942 - a tally of these bits - for permanent preservation cf. Negro heads. aeroplane cf. 3
text: penises -
text: cf. fish -
text: shape symbolism + power.
text: Palang morung. a circle of stones in the middle and menhir and 3 dolmens - here the leader of the morung stands and the dance goes round him. In head taking days it was here the head was brought if the morung alone had gone out on a raid - if the whole village had joined, the head was taken to the Ang.
text: Wakching head-hunters - Chang tattoo - when a boy enters the morung he offers fowl and is awarded the tattoo - nothing else these days.