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: Wangla morungs
medium: notes
person: Chingchongpang morungAng morungNauchangpong morung
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wangla
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 4:28
text: Konyak morung. Wangla.
text: 1. Chingchongpang morung
text: front crossboard - a man dancing between two tigers.
text: 2. Ang morung - 'Ang' post outside - a few carvings but black with smoke and covered with mats - a tiger, a loving couple - 2 shelves of skulls (21) - fed with rice, fish and rice beer every year at the Spring Festival - a morung feast is held - the morung members smear blood on their daos and dance (no blood on the carvings) - outside the morung a tree surrounded by menhirs - 'one for each head' - a separate dolmen in the open space before the morung 'for the Ang'. The Ang's house is just opposite - the morung (and indeed the whole village) is magnificently sited. The morung platform goes out over a precipice which is shaggy with jungle - from it you look down on the vast forest, a mass of crinkled olive green interspersed with the white trunks of trees, rising in humps and folds to even higher hills or sinking away to the huge Assam plain.
text: 3. Nauchangpong morung. No carvings at all. Explanation: none of its members know how to carve - and the only others who would be entitled to carve are members of the Ang morung - the Ang refused to let any of them do the carving and therefore there are none
text: - the first morung has one carver of its own and therefore has some carvings.