The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: pig skulls and recitations at boys initiation into morung
medium: diaries
person: Mewang/ of ChiLiktu/ of Totok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 23.10.1936
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
text: The The-pong does not actually have a morung Ang but there is one house nowadays inhabited by a Metahu man which is considered to be the morung Ang's house and even has carved frontal posts. When the boys return from beating the drum the pigs skulls which are fastened between bamboo are placed on the ground in front of the morung Ang's house. Now Yonglong cuts up a pig's trotter with his dao and on a banana leaf he mixes the pieces with rice then pours on some ashes as well. He then throws a bit of the rice onto the pigs jaw bones and says "Mewang's Ben people may all eat. Liktu's Ben people may they all eat". Mewang is the Ang of Chi, Liktu the Ang of Totok. The meaning is once again that the heads of their warriors may be captured and fed by the men of Wakching.