The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: genealogies of Dzemang and others
medium: diaries
person: Dzemang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 15.4.1937
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: (53) Wakching 15/4/1937
text: While Kauffmann went to Shiong I stayed here and worked with several people on some boring but necessary matters like genealogies and language. At first came Dzemang the son of the former Ang, Pongyong. I took down his genealogy and discovered that his father Pongyong did not at all come from Wakching but was born and raised in Tanhai. His father, called Dzemang, had been Ang of Tanyeang and he emigrated to Tanhai when his village was destroyed by Mon and after his first wife from the Ang clan died he married a young widow from the Yanahu of the Oukheang. He lived with her in Tanhai and only moved to Wakching when the oldest son of his father's brother died without leaving any male descendants. Only then did he take up the Ang's office.
text: Pongyong's oldest daughter, Limnia, that is Dzemang's sister, married a Ben man from Tanhai against her parents wishes. Her father and mother did not want to give their permission because it was not customary for an Ang girl to marry a Ben man of another village, but one day Limnia just went to Tanhai with her chosen one, Shonglong. (54) Her mother who heard of it even ran after her and caught up with them on the way but she could not be persuaded to return and finally the parents made their peace with the arrangement. Limnia had four children and when Shonglong died she stayed with them in Tanhai. Some time ago she married a man from Punkhung. Although her family wanted her to stay in Tanhai and possibly get her husband to move in with her, she nevertheless went to Punkhung and now lives there. Dzemang is very annoyed about this and now knows nothing about her. He does not even know her present husband's name. While Dzemang lives in the Bala and considers himself a Bala man his younger brother, Ngamwang, stays in the Angban and is married to a Bala woman.
text: Later I took down the Balang Ang's genealogy who also is called Dzemang. He is a man of about forty and is the only Konyak I know who can give the name of his great-grandfather and even his great-grandmother. Most men in his family have married women from the Ang clan of other villages. The only Ben house in Wakching from which they supposedly may take women is the 'Big House' of the Yanahu clan in the Oukheang (Number 20). If the Balang morung is rebuilt (55) the men of the Longokoa morung from Shiong come to help and they are entertained by the Balang. However if these rebuild their own morung the Balang men do not help them but only come later to a feast at which they are entertained by the Longokoa men.