The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: Wakching head receiving rituals
caption: processions of morungs with gongs as head arrives in Wakching
medium: diaries
person: Chinkak
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 18.12.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Slowly now the five processions of the separate morungs begin to move. (87) In front are the older men, the clan elder carries the head. They had put less effort into their dress than the younger people but here and there a pair of the thin 'buffalo horns' enhances the owner. I saw the procession go by on the place next to the Balang. Older men and boys were beating gongs while the young warriors were brandishing weapons. Each of the morungs first went to the Ang's house but of that there only remain two half charcoaled posts while Chinkak is living in a poor, dilapidated house. But the place with the genna once immediately in front of the Ang house had been cleared of at least the worst bushes and weeds.