The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: description of Oting morungs and clans
medium: diaries
person: Chingai/ of Oting
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Oting
date: 29.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: In the afternoon came Chingai the very intelligent dobashi of Oting. He told me that there are two morungs in Oting, first Lang-ya with the clans Ang-ha-ba, Wang-shu, Wang-nan and Lok-jem, second Ding-arin with the same four clans plus the clan Long-po. The Ang-ha-ba clan does not eat with any other clan. Wang-shu also eats separately. Wang-nan, Lok-jem and Long-po eat together. Ang-ha-ba men are allowed to marry Ang-ha-ba women but they have to come from another village. They may also marry women of the Wang-nan, Lok-jem and Long-po clans but not Wang-shu women. Wang-shu men have to take their women from the Wang-nan, Lok-jem and the Long-po clans. Men from (147) Oting may marry Shiong girls but not girls from Wakching. (Description of ceremonies during the Ou-ling-pu notebook 2. p 117-119).