The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: sacrifices and building of morungs
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 3.6.1937
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: (Compare in detail Notebook 14).
text: Only today I heard of a custom when building a morung which is restricted to Balang and Bala. Two buffaloes are killed, one of which is first led to each of the four other morungs by boys of the Balang and Bala, is then thrown down and tethered to be allowed to stand up again and led away. Finally when they arrive at the newly built morung, two young men of the Balang and two of the Bala hack off a leg each of the standing buffalo. Only then it is killed with a spear by a certain man.