The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: pathetic opium addicted Ang ; head trees and stones
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 25.8.1936
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: At first we now go to the Ang's house, a pathetic man, probably totally addicted to opium. He's only Ang-hu-ba which is even a level below Ang-ha-ba as his mother and his grandmother were Ben women. His father had still been Ang-ha-ba. His grandfather Ang-yang-ba. (222) The father of the latter had come from Chi. At that time the indigenous Ang family of Wanching had died out but in Chi there lived descendants of an Ang's daughter from Wanching who had married an Ang of Chi so Wanching asked for a new Ang from Chi after it had first been agreed that Wanching would thereby not come under the authority of the Ang of Chi. In front of the Ang's house grows a big tree, but not a ficus, in which enemy heads used to be hung up in the old days. Around it stand several small stones as they are put up in Wakching and Shiong when a head is captured. Here however they have another meaning. When a village was threatened by Wanching but they submitted and recognised the authority of Wanching, as the people here say, "become its son", it would put up such a stone in front of the Ang's house. One of these stones is from Totok, another from Chinlong.