The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: visit from Mohung , dancing and feasting
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Mohung
date: 21.4.1937
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: (68) Yesterday evening men came from Mohung to visit the Thepong in connection with the rebuilding of the morung. This was somewhat of a sensation as originally Wakching and Mohung were at war. Now the Mohung people took the rebuilding of the Thepong as an opportunity to reestablish a friendly relationship to Wakching. They were well received. The Thepong killed a pig as is customary for peace treaties. The guests danced all night long. The Thepong girls did not dance with them but only offered them pan leaves as they could not speak a word with them. The men could understand each other just barely but Shankok said that he hardly understood anything from the Mohung men's songs. Shankok's father had still gone out to war against Mohung to destroy the village but it is placed on a steep mountain ridge and on the slope the people of Mohung had fastened big rocks to ropes. When the men of Wakching were coming close they cut the ropes, the rocks crashed down and killed one Wakching man and injured another. Then the Wakching warriors retreated.