The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: information about the Neangbas
medium: diaries
person: MedzouChinkakShung-ga
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Chi
date: 27.10.1936
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: Towards evening I asked Medzou about the Neangbas as I'm working on an article on the morung system etc. and am realizing that I'm not altogether clear about the Neangbas. Altogether there are ten including the Ang Chinkak who form a council which settles disputes and sets fines. In addition it also decides which land is to be planted the coming year following an egg divination. This oracle is done by Shung-ga, a man from Chi who came together with the Chi Ang and who also is a Neangba. No one else dares to perform this dangerous divination. Only the Neangbas of Balang and Oukheang have special functions.