The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: divisions between Konyak tribes
medium: diaries
person: Chingai
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 1.3.1937
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: Chingai responded to my question of whether horns are attached to the head that this was not customary among the "Shoku" people, but was done only among the Wakching group. Thus by coincidence I heard an expression for which I had been looking for a long time. In the language of Oting those Konyak who let their hair grow and tattoo their face are called "Shoku" (or also Kangban) and the Konyak with short hair are "Shoshong" (or Kang-hoin). According to Yongem the equivalent expression in the Wakching language is "Sheangtu" and "Sheangshong". The Longba belongs to the Lumiem clan. (113) That is one of the two clans where women cut their hair short. The second of these clans in Mon is called Waiyem and the two clans do not marry each other nor any other Ben clan. They only marry into the Ang and Wang-shu clans. In the villages Joboka, Zu-nyu and Yannyu all Ben women are supposed to wear their hair short.