The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: fines and legal cases in Shiong; relations of morung
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Shiong
date: 12.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Legal cases are decided by the Ang and two Neang-ba. These three men receive all fines. Between the two morungs their exists the same reciprocity relationship as in Wakching. If a man of one dies the girls of the other spread leaves. (28) Also the boys of one morung only dance with the girls of the other. Mixed gangs however do not exist. Girls and boys work separately. The morungs are not exogamous. Maybe the reason for that is that the Wang-hem-ba morung is very small consisting of only about ten houses. Therefore it also does not visit other villages while the Longokoa goes to Tanhai, Wakching and Leangha.