The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: alternating visits between morungs of different villages
medium: diaries
person: Dzeam-ang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 10.8.1936
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
seealso: notebook 3 , p.27
text: Dzeam-ang gave me some noteworthy information about the alternating visits between morungs of different villages. His own, the Bala morung, visits Wanching during the Tai-li month, about January, as well as two morungs of Yungnya (Sham-chi and Pham-dzing). In return the Angban, Bala and Balang morung of Wanching come to visit the Bala morung in Wakching. The guests always dance for one night with the girls of the host morung. The men themselves do not dance. The other morungs of Wakching visit other villages (notebook 3 p. 27 following). The reason given for these visits as given to me by Dzeam-ang is curious. He said "in the old days we were at war with Yungnya and took their heads. Now since the government has prohibited that we dance with them". (175) These friendships however do not include connubium. The girls of Wakching dance with the boys of Yungya but do not marry them.