The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: the Neang-ba officials; illegitimacy, abortion, theft
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 1.9.1936
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
seealso: notebook pp. 22ff
text: The morungs of Wanching also have Neang-ba, a position which is inherited. Balang, Bala and Totang share a Neang-ba, the other two morungs have one each. Every Neang-ba has an assistant from his own family. The Neang-bas intervene in the case of divorces. (notebook 5 p. 22 following). Also found out something about illegitimate children. Formerly the girls often had abortions (notebook 5 p. 24 following). All complaints about theft and similar matters are decided on by the Neang-ba and the Ang after the harvest. Before no one has the time. (notebook 5 p. 27). The extent of the fine depends much on the personal relationship between thief and the robbed person. The previous fines paid by his father or other relatives also increase the punishment of a thief.