The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: big houses of individual clans
medium: diaries
person: Ngapnun
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 10.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Here too there are 'big houses' of the individual clans and in one of these I saw a whole skull hanging. This was at Wangpo's house, the father of the pretty Ngap-nun, who is a member of the Small Ang clan. At the Oyabu the 'big house' receives a leg or shoulder of each pig slaughtered by a clan member if it has been raised by the owner himself. The 'big house' in return pays fines for all the clan members who cannot do so themselves. If a clan dies out the entire land it owned goes to the Ang who can either use it himself or can allow others to plant on it. Those then give him a present but do not actually pay him. Sometimes the Ang may also give the land to immigrants from another village such as Mon or Chi as inheritable property.