The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: customs of Totok , Angs
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Totok
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
seealso: (See notebook 5 p. 52).
text: Late at night the Ang, Chingko from Totok, came to sell me a gong. He complained that they have little to eat nowadays. (69) In Totok the Ang girls do not marry Ben men but either the Angs of other villages or Ang people from another morung of their own village. They are also not supposed to have any love affairs with the Ben men but of course I cannot judge how far this prohibition is adhered to. In Totok too only people of the Ang clan give the Manbu feasts. Shankok, who functioned as translator, said that the Totok Angs are no "Great Angs" because they do not hold the great feasts of merit as the Angs of Mon and Chi do. Although Totok and Chi have been enemies for a long time their Angs nevertheless marry the Ang daughters of the other village.