The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: honorary position in Kongan, the 'Rhemba'
medium: diaries
location: Borjan Kongan
date: 24.9.1936
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: In addition there are two honorary positions, the Rhemba, one for Chingha and Lingba and one for Khang-kai and Yong-sha. (67) They only function at the building of a morung and when a slit drum is brought in. In both cases they execute the first strike against the tree or trees for the main posts (see notebook 7 p. 16 following). For this occasion only the Rhembas receive parts of the sacrificed animals. Additionally each gets the use of a field annually.