The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: rebellion against murderous Ang of Joboka; elephants and horses
medium: notes
person: Chingai/ of Oting
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Joboka
date: 1.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (147) Informant: Chingai of Oting.
text: A long time ago, about 30 years, the Ang of Joboka was Wang-ping, and his son A-zam. Wang-ping kept elephants and horses. Keeping the elephants the people got much trouble. For the elephants were kept in the plains and the men who stayed there got much fever. For his horses he collected rice (dhan) from every house. So the people got very angry. One day he took a boy from the village and killed him in the jungle. Then he came back and told the people he had killed a python, and that therefore (148) his dao was full of blood. And he made them clean the dao. Then the villagers decided to kill the Ang and persuaded his servants to kill him, threatening that they would kill them otherwise. So the servants killed the Ang and his son, while they were sitting in the house. In the same night some of the Ang's ministers, who were sitting in the Ang's house were killed too. After that the villagers forced two of his clansmen (of Ang-yong- ba) to become Angs, - with the menace, if they wouldn't agree to become Angs they would be killed too, (149) one of them died - the other is still alive, Jin-wang (he was yesterday here). From that time the Ang respects his villagers and they respect him. []