The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook four

caption: notes from Mr Lambert's survey tour diary of 1935
caption: clans and their origins
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Mon
date: 1935
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 14.8.1936-5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
note: [konyak] means text omitted
text: (98) The Ang doesn't make any village gennas. The Yem-ba, a man of Ben clan, acts at such gennas. The Yemba builds first his field house and acts at the genna for first sowing. Another man, Wai-yem, does the first reaping, he takes the rice from his own field.
text: The Yemba's clan is Luk-yem. The office goes from the father to the son. The Wai-yem's clan, which is Ben, is called Wai-yem.
text: The Wai-yem clan first founded Mon. With them came also (99) the Ang clan.
text: All clans came out of the earth (according to one version) some-where near Pian-kong, and then came by way of Chong-wen, then they went to Chinglong, Chui and Mon. Another version says they came out of a gourd.
text: In spite of that they also have the tradition that they came to the hills along the Dikhu.
text: (100) There is a frog-clan, Luk-yem (luk = frog) When there is an eclipse and "the frog eats the sun", the Lukyem people shout "eat it all" and the Ang people shout and make a great noise. "Don't eat it, this is our sun". (In the same way in Wakching the The-pong people encourage the frog, and all the other morungs try to frighten it away.) (101) In some of the Mon morungs are some figures of a frog swallowing the sun.
text: When the Ang goes to war all the heads taken on the raid are taken to his house, - when a party goes without the Ang the heads taken are put into the morung.