The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: Ang of Longkhai's family details
medium: diaries
person: Mauwang/ of Longkhai
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 31.5.1937
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
text: In the evening came the Ang of Longkhai. I took down his family tree and that way heard some interesting things about the history of Longkhai. Apparently it was founded only a few generations ago by two brothers, Towang and Dzokwang, who were members of the Great Ang clan of the big village, Longkhai. This village of which I knew nothing until now apparently is deep in the unadministered area. Mauwang himself has seen the village. The two brothers had no descendants and an Ang was brought in from Mon. His name was Ating Dzawang and he married Liphei, an Ang daughter from Chi. His son (198) and successor, Wanghi, also married an Ang girl from Chi also called Liphei. Once when the Great Ang of Mon saw Liphei he liked her so much that he just took her away from Wanghi whose overlord he was. Wanghi was so outraged about this that the relationship between the two Angs became insufferable and Longkhai asked for a new Ang from Mon. This new Ang was Phumen, the grandfather of the present one. His son, Luang, came into conflict with the government which at that time was setting up its authority in the Konyak territory and he returned to Mon with his oldest son, Tunie. Mauwang, his second son, stayed in Longkhai with the brother Luang who had no children, and took on the office of Ang. He also succeeded in amassing a considerable amount of wealth through his work as a smith but he has no successor.