The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: morungs of Kongan, drums and drum house
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan
date: 23.9.1936
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: From the uppermost which has the Khangkai morung one has to climb down a neck-breaking stile, along a rocky precipice. From the next level with the Yong-sha morung a slope leads down overgrown with jungle and trees towards the lowest lying Ling-ba khel. The Ling-ba morung, however, stands on the height opposite overlooking the whole khel and can only be reached across a rather neck-breaking passage through the rock face. This morung itself already stands halfway in the forest and if one wants to go on to the Chingha khel one has to go through the forest and jungle across enormous rocks. Rocks of enormous proportion are characteristic of this village anyway. The houses of the Chingha khel are built right between these boulders which look as though they have been strewn about by giants and often they rise far above the buildings. The Chingha morung also is placed on a raised position and slightly below it is the drum house. In the Lingba morung the drum actually stands in the morung itself.