The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: origin of the clans and of village
medium: diaries
person: ChinyangDzingben
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 27.8.1936
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: (231) Wakching 27/8/1936.
text: In the morning I tried with Chinyang and Dzingben my two best informants help to discover something about the origin of the separate clans, unfortunately with no remarkable results. All Wakching clans, with the exception of Metahu and Shung-ta-hu, have the tradition that they emerged directly from the great bird Yang-wem-ou-nin. As this lives in the waters of the Dikhu there is a certain contradiction to another tradition according to which the Wakching and Wanching people originally came from the mountains on the other side of the Brahmaputra valley. There they lived on a mountain with the descriptive name Dze-lan-yeang-nin-dzam, 'the great water beyond mountain'. From there they wandered across the Brahmaputra then along the Dikhu into the region of Chongwe. As there the soil was not very fertile they finally settled here in Wakching and Wanching. Half of the people however stayed behind in their old home in the foothills of the Himalaya.