The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: morungs and their history
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: In Apong's house we sat near the fire for a while and he offered me a brandy he had bought in Borjan which wasn't even so bad. Later still we went to the To-tang morung which is an offshoot from the Balang with which it still forms an exogamous unit. Balang is the oldest morung. The others are Bala, Pandzong, Dzing-shei and the now deserted Wang-wan. Some generations ago the people of the Wang-wan were expelled by the other morungs. Some emigrated to the plains, (227) others were killed by their enemies. Nowadays the morung is used only very occasionally by some men. Apparently the morungs all marry each other with the exception of Balang and To-tang. Not far from the To-tang morung we passed a little house on our way home where the girls of the To-tang morung sleep and are visited by the Bala and Dzingshei boys.