The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook three

caption: founding of Wakching and ceremonies by village founders
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 8.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (118) 20/8/1936
text: Ching-ten-kun-ba - village ground "owner"
text: There were three brothers: the name of the eldest is not known, he died without leaving children. The middle one was Kunba, his son is Yong-mek (cf. p. 113). The youngest brother was Dzimshe, he had no son of his own, but in his office he was succeeded by Chinyak who was of his family. If there is a quarrel between two morungs, the fine is eaten by Chinyak.
text: (119) When Wakching was founded the Ang was in the Aukheang, later on the Ang-ban was built, just to put the Ang into the centre of the village. The first Ang of Wakching, who was in the Aukheang morung, at the time of the foundation, was Pong-moi, that means "East". He came with villagers from the east (cf. p. 137). Wanching was founded by Dolo of Sha-yong-hu clan, (he was not Ang, but founder). Wakching was founded by Dolo's younger brother Dzimshe, Kunba was Dzimshe's son. All came from the Dikhu, where they had settled. (120) Kunba had many sons. Kunba was genna maker for crops etc. and from this time on his descendants served as genna-makers for the whole village. But last year (1935) Dzimshe's family died out, the last descendant was Chingtang.
text: Then Chinyak (c.p. 118) succeeded, who is not of the same family, but of the same clan. Whenever there is a quarrel in the village Chinyak tries the case with the help of the Neangs and the Ang, he is the first Neang-ba (cf. p. 143). If he imposes a fine he gets (121) a whole hind leg for him, while the Neangs have to divide the head among all the ten of them. The Ang doesn't get any special share, but just as much as any ordinary villager.