The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: Ang of Wankhem expelled by his subjects
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 12.4.1937
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: On the way home Chinyang told me how once the Ang of Wankhem, a village (not on the map) near Hang (Hangnyu), was expelled by his subjects. He had suppressed them severely, had taken their daughters into his harem against their will, had unlawfully taken pigs and mithan and had ruled with cruel arbitrariness. At first the Ben people investigated the opinions of the people in the small Ang clan and when these too proved to be hostile towards the Ang (48) they killed three young Ang people in the morung and expelled the others. The Ang himself also got away and found refuge in Hang. He then called the gaonburas of Wakching and Ahon to negotiate peace. They actually made the long journey to Wankhem and with the prestige of the Government behind them they succeeded in calming down the villagers and reinstating the Ang. For this they received three mithans and several gongs from the grateful Ang. He is supposed to have learnt his lesson and now keeps a juster rule.