The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: dispute between morungs and quarrels of boys and girls
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 4.9.19362.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (2) The girls of the Bala morung, however, will this time not have had much attention at the Ou-nie-bu for they are in disagreement with their traditional friends of the The-phong morung. This fight also disrupted the entire ceremony of the Ou-nie-bu. Now the Bala girls had no one they could give their millet bread to and sing with at night. The The-phong girls were in a similar situation although some Ang-ban boys came to comfort them, and finally neither Bala nor The-phong boys had any of the popular millet breads unless their sisters gave them some, which of course has not quite the same attraction. Balang and Au-kheang could not fill the gap as they had fixed partners and could not make new arrangements because of the disagreements of other morungs.