The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: secret songs about the village founder
medium: diaries
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
seealso: notebook 8,p.185
text: Without further ado the Ang then told me what kind of songs the men had sung in the morung, (Notebook 8 p. 185) and as these were about the Ang, Tunie, the more or less mythical founder of Longkhai, the idea is that the village and morung foundation is symbolically reenacted and that therefore no stranger may enter the morung. In the chant it is said that Tunie was a blacksmith and in this respect the present Ang is his worthy successor.