The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook three

caption: notes on Chongwe clans and rituals
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Aopao (Chongwe)
date: 7.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 8.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (19) Wakching 7/8/1936
text: Chong-we, Longmien, Shoa, Nongching.
text: Chong-we has an Ang-ha-ba Ang, his name is Cha-wong, his wife: Niou-pei, of his own village.
text: In Chongwe are six morungs:
1. Mu-lieng
2. Hung-tok
3. Shai-geang
4. Ban-ha (the Ang's morung)
5. Won-ban
6. Wak-ban
text: There are no morung Angs.
text: They call Ghawang and Gashi like Wakching.
text: (20) In front of the morungs are no stones like in Wakching.
text: The heads remain for one month in the morungs, then they are taken into the head-taker's house.
text: When a head is brought in chillies are put into his eyes and his mouth, to make him blind.
text: Their own dead are first put on platforms and the heads then buried. Every clan has a separate cemetery, the heads of women are buried near those of their husbands.
text: (21) The Ang receives the head and one hind leg of each animal killed in hunting, - he receives no tribute in rice, and the people do not work on his fields. His house is built by the Hung-tok morung, not by his own, Ban-ha.
text: When a man of the Hung-tok or of Shai-geang morung kill a mithan or a pig, he gives the head and one leg to the Ang. The Ang house is between the two morungs. The other three morungs give no part of the mithan to the Ang.
text: (22) Ban-ha, Hung-tok and Shai-geang don't intermarry. All these three morungs intermarry with Mulieng, Won-ban and Wak-ban.
Mulieng and Wak-ban do not intermarry.
Banha and Won-ban intermarry.
Banha and Wak-ban intermarry.
Won-ban and Wak-ban do not intermarry.
text: All clans are monogamous - even the Ang-ha-ba people, - Ang-ha-ba men marry sometimes girls of other villages.
text: (23) At weddings first the bride's father gives a spear to the boy's parents. Then the boy's father (or the boy) give to the girl's father a dao, cloths, ivory-armlets, layas etc.
1. Tap-me
2. Ou-ling-bu
3. Wan-ha
4. Yim-ling
5. Ta-pak
text: In 1. the jungle is cut down and burned, pigs are killed in the fields.
text: In 2. the rice is already 10 inches high.
text: In 3. the rice is a little higher, this is a small feast.
text: (24) In 4. the ears of the rice come out, - no animals are killed, the old men drink madhu in the fields.
text: In 5. the rice harvest begins, chickens are killed in the house and people drink madhu in their houses.