The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: difficulty of making up quarrel
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: Just to top it all by now the girls' morung in question has burnt down and has not been replaced. The conflict which means that both parties miss a lot of entertainment has already gone on for half a year yet the fines requested are hardly high. The girls demand one 'laya', that is about Rs. 3 to 4 and Shankok's father who has died in the meantime, already had offered Rs. 2 to settle the conflict, but they had been refused. The innocent victims are the The-phong girls and the Bala boys who are affected by the tension between the two morungs without any fault of their own. However, this tension does not go so far that it touches upon individual love affairs. The girls and boys of the two morungs still can secretly meet in the rice granary.