The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: the role of Neang-ba, an official in village
medium: diaries
person: Chinyak
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.8.1936
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: (210) As Neang-ba of the Au-kheang morung Chinyak is not only the head in the council of five morung chiefs who together form the legal court of Wakching, but he also plays an important role in several ceremonies which concern other morungs. For example, he has to touch the carved hornbill heads when the Balang and Bala morungs are rebuilt and at the initiation ceremonies of every boy who enters a morung, Chinyak receives the head of the sacrificed animal. Chinyak takes a whole leg from every animal which is paid as a fine for misbehaviour while the others have to share the head.