The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: the Ou-ling-pu ritual in Oting
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 29.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (117) Ou-ling-pu - in front of the Ang's house one big platform is built, - and two outside the two morungs. The former is built by all the villagers, - the latter only by the morung boys. On these platforms the boys and girls dance, - the boys begin on their own morung platforms, then they gather on the Ang's platform. The boys dance there only for a short time, - then the girls dance from about midday to the evening. (118) Then all the men and boys, old and young, assemble in front of the Ang's house and dance from the late afternoon till deep into the night. Then at night, a tug-of-war takes place, the men and boys of the 2 morungs pull on opposite sides, - the women only witness it.
text: Before that on the 1st day of Ou-ling-pu pigs, cows and mithan are killed, - on the 4th day they make a farewell to their friends who come from another village.
text: 2 or 3 houses together buy one buffalo, and 7-8 houses one mithan. (119) These animals are not sacrificed in the name of one special deity.