The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: Aukheang morung perform final ceremony for head, feasting and dancing
caption: ceremony performed by substitute Niengba
medium: diaries
person: YanouYonglong
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 17.1.1937
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: But soon the excitement simmers down and the actual ceremony is started. It was not the Niengba, Yonglong, who should have performed the ceremony, but in his stead one of his cousins who also is called Yonglong. (180) The real Niengba Yonglong had gone to the Santok bazaar. His brother, Yanou, could not represent him as he is a young man and feared the handling of the heads as they contain magic danger. Therefore Yonglong from a side line of the family was substituting.