The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: first strike when felling tree for morung dangerous
medium: diaries
location: Wakching
date: 1.10.1936
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
seealso: notebook 6,p.153
text: In Wakching the conditions are similar. When the Balang morung is rebuilt the first stroke in felling the tree is done by Shunga. Shunga comes from Chui from where he had to leave because his wife had stolen a necklace. When he came to Wakching the man who started the felling for Balang's morung and drum building (79) had just died without leaving any descendants. He was asked to take on this unpopular, because dangerous, office, and he agreed in order to buy his right to stay. He also does all the auspices for the entire village as he is from the right clan, Wang-nau-lim. For the Au-kheang morung an Ang-ban man of the Ben clan functions at the morung building and for Bala a Thephong man (notebook 6 p. 153).