The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: building girls morung
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 13.4.1937
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
seealso: (for further information see the detailed notes Notebook 12 p. 76 following).
text: In the afternoon I went to the Oukheang where the boys of the Balang were building a girls morung, the Shem-yo, as an annex to Yamang's house (see Notebook 11 'Oukheang 35'), a Yanahu man. A long time ago the Balang men had bought the ground and the Shem-yo always stood on this spot as part of Yanahu's house. For building the Shem-yo the Balang youths are served pork, rice and rice-beer by the Oukheang girls and at the Oulingbu they will receive from them parts of the slaughtered pigs.