The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook four

caption: feasts of merit of Angs
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
date: 25.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 14.8.1936-5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
note: [konyak] means text omitted
text: (174) Informant: Ahon:
text: Chi
text: Feasts of Merit of Angs:
text: 1. Khemdakbu - Khem = drum, a big log drum is made.
text: 2. Pongwembu. A post is put up in front of the Ang's house on the head place. This post is called "thau". It has the shape of carved house posts with a hornbill on the top . (175) A dog and a cock are buried in the hole made for the post and crushed by it. Another cock is impaled on a bamboo (with the head towards the sky) and the bamboo tied to the post. When the post is carried (by the young men) the men say "hang, hang" (like the roar of a tiger) for the Ang is of the tiger's clan. The same noise is made when the corpse of an Ang is carried.
text: Many buffaloes and mithan are killed (about forty) and (176) embasies of many villages come to the feast.
text: The Ang for whom the Pongwembu is made remains with his main wife, hidden in his house for the whole of the day on which the post is set. With him stays the head of the Doalim clan. For the Ang a pig is killed by the Doalim man and only of this, not of mithan, he eats on that day.
text: After Pong-wem-bu the Ang may only eat clean food, he does not eat of tiger's kill, neither of any animal (177) whose ears are torn, no animal bitten by red dogs.
text: All villages come together on the same day. When the invitations are sent out, the messengers are given strings with knots in them, indicating the numbers of days till the feast. (178 to end) Shiong language [konyak].