The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: initiation of boys into morung
medium: diaries
person: Chinyak
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 23.8.1936
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: Towards evening I then walked through the village and spent some time sitting on Shankok's platform. I heard some details from him about the initiation of boys. When he was about ten years old his father offered ten pigs which were killed by the clan elder. Only one was slaughtered for his younger brother. Chinyak, the Neang-ba of the Au-kheang morung, also came to the celebration and he was the first to eat and drink. He gets the head of one pig no matter how many are killed altogether. He also says a blessing. "Become like the rubber tree, like the ficus tree become". Then he tells the boy "kill wild animals, kill enemies, bring vegetables, bring rice". (217) From this day on the boy sleeps in the morung. In the morung itself there seems to be no ceremony connected with the entrance of a new member. This ceremony of slaughtering the pigs and the blessing of the boys by Chinyak is held by everyone in the village simultaneously.