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: head hung in morung; augury performed with chicken's intestines
medium: diaries
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.12.1936
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: In response to my question I am told that during the night the head had hung from a hook from one of the crossbeams in the morung's innermost room and in the morning it had been carried to Shankok's house where the clan elder killed a chick and performed an augury with the intestines in a way as I will soon describe it in connection with another ceremony. As I continued through the village I saw everywhere men on platforms busy mending a headdress or preparing another part of the costume.