The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: measuring the morung
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 15.8.1936
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
text: Wakching 15/8/1936. A greater part of this morning was spent measuring the The-phong morung. I made an accurate drawing on a scale 1:100 which included every post and every mortise. The morung is 12.5 metres wide and 28 metres long. In the two dark side chambers along the big central room (189) are four big and eight small platforms where the boys and unmarried men sleep. There is no division by clan or age group but everyone has a particular place to sleep. During my measuring activities which were followed by a crowd of boys, first with astonishment then with interested understanding, I also found out something new.