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: Wanching morungs and Konyak clothing
medium: notes
person: Angpan morungPala morungChingche morungPongchang morung
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching Kongan (Kongon) Tamlu Nian Namsang
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 4:18
text: Wanching.
text: Angpan morung. SKETCH
text: Leading to the inner drum 2 entrances in the form of hornbill's nests - SKETCH
text: Pala morung.
text: Chingche morung. Tiger under a swinging row of monkeys, a buffalo head, the entrance crowded with carvings. SKETCH
text: Pongchang morung. Has no carvings of human beings - leopards, good frieze of monkeys, 'they are a very low clan' - wear no clothes at all - not even the flap - (will be fined by the Pala morung if they wear it) - but women wear the slip - originally all Konyaks were naked - the flap was first started by Namsang - then spread to Wanching. Pangshong (sic) members even when they cut heads were not entitled to full warrior's dress - the lower clans originally the Ang's servant (slaves?) - who tilled his fields - or later comers? No other village in which this clan is subjected to the flap restriction eg. 2-3 families in Tamlu, 4 families in Kongon - all wear the flaps - but convention very much village eg. all of Nian men go naked - in many villages the men are quite naked in their houses.