The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: singing all night in the Ang morung
medium: diaries
person: Yongang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 23.2.1937
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: Longkhai 23/2/1937
text: Suddenly during the night I was woken up by drum beating and singing in the Ang morung. I looked at my watch and saw that it was five in the morning. Without too much curiosity I turned over and soon went back to sleep despite the drumming. Later I heard from Yongang that the Longkhai men had already said in advance that for this nocturnal occasion neither he nor I would be allowed to enter the morung, but it probably does not concern special secrets but a general prohibition in this night on strangers entering the morung, as it is also prohibited for strangers to the village to immediately enter a new house.