The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: morung songs described
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 15.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.2.1937-31.3.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (11) Wakching 15/2/1937
text: This morning Chinyang and Dzingben came to dictate to me a few morung songs of the Aukheang. They said that I was not allowed to leave without having written down these as what would their children and grandchildren say if they had let me go without having told everything correctly. One of these songs hints that the people of the Ang clan and generally the three morungs, Angban, Balang and Bala, have a particular affinity to the hornbill bird, while the Aukheang people are not supposed to make a sound like the hornbill. Furthermore the earpiercing among women of the three named morungs is mentioned.
text: In another song the Aukheang people claim that they own the earth, heaven and the sun. Formerly there were seven villages on the low mountain ridge near the plain, between Kongan and Oting, which today are all deserted. Their inhabitants were partly Kongan people, partly people like the Konyaks of Longkhai, and another part (12) was a mixed population with people in it who had their faces tattooed and those who did not. For some time they were paying tribute to Wakching but later they refused to offer further tribute. Then Wakching reacted quickly, attacked the villages and expelled the inhabitants as far as their heads did not remain in the hands of the victors. The refugees partly found shelter in other villages, partly they settled on the plains of Assam.