The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: morung shapes and clans in Wakching
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Chingphoi
date: 4.5.1937
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: notebook 5 p.66
text: The Wang-him-ba morung is built like the Wakching morungs. Here too the drum stands opposite. The houses too have the same shape as in Wakching, although at the back there is a big covered room open towards the platform. There is a hearth here with benches all around and this is where guests are received. In Chingphoi there are three clans, two Ang clans and one Ben, all of which marry among each other. (See Notebook 5 p. 66 following). (129) In general the people of Chingphoi are similar to those of Chi and Totok. They emigrated from Chinkoh (Totok) and first moved to Wakching and asked for land. The Bala people below whose khel they had settled meanwhile offered them land on the outer ridge towards Oting but they were not satisfied with that and finally they received permission from Wanching to settle on their present site. In commemoration of the help the Bala of Wakching once had given them they still take a pig as tribute whenever the Bala is rebuilt and they help with the rebuilding of the Bala khel if it burns down.