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: Kongon morungs and carvings
medium: notes
person: Chingha morungKankai morungYongsa morungHandaku septCheshuhu septLaktuhu septAnyunba sept
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan (Kongon)
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 4:23
text: Konyak morung carvings.
text: Kongon -
text: 1. Chingha morung - leopards, elephants, hornbills, a monkey catching a leopard by the tail - but no men - the morung comprised mainly of the Handaku sept who may carve any creature except a man - all carvings painted white - a curious ghostly pallor.
text: 2. Kankai morung - this includes men of the Cheshuhu, Laktuhu, and Anyunba septs - all of whom are qualified to carve men as well as animals - see photos in Hutton's diary - some photographed -
text: 3. Yongsa morung. Not qualified to carve a man. 'We carve the elephants and leopards and put them in the morung so that the crops may be good'.
text: Each main morung has 2 girls' houses - some little distance away - smartly thatched with new palm leaves - cross bars at the top and a little hornbill suspended by the porch - each house is divided into 5 or 6 little cubicles with a bamboo platform in each large enough to take a boy and girl. When a boy and girl have fallen in love, they sleep here every night. When a leopard is killed, its skin is stuck on a bamboo frame and the model leopard is hung up in the main morung ceiling - puja 'You killed our pigs and chickens. Now we have killed you. Take this pig and fowl and trouble us no more' - pig and fowl sacrificed.