The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook five

caption: morungs and inter-marriage and eating together
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 25.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 25.8.1936-5.5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Balang morung (the oldest)
Bala "
Pandzong "
Dzing-shi "
Wang-wan " (very small, no inhabitants)
To-tang "
text: A few generations ago the people of the Wang-wan morung were driven away. Some were killed by enemies, others went to the plains.
text: (15) Balang and Totang are like brothers and don't intermarry.
text: All other morungs intermarry.
text: Balang - Ang-wan-hu, no other clans - 4 houses which came from Wakching.
Totang - Ang-wan-hu, Yanahu (Ben).
Bala - Shang-long-hu, Ya-kom-nok, Ang-wan-hu, Langtok-nok, Yu-shou-hu (Lung).
Pandzong - Ben: Dzou-nok, Hau-nok, Lung: Shang-long-hu, Shang-moi-hu.
Dzing-shi - Shang-long-hu, Lung: Shang-moi-hu, Ou-mu-hu.
text: (16) Sub clans:
Shang-long-hu - Longtok-nok, Ya-kom-nok.
text: Morungs are not exogamous. Sub-clans don't intermarry.
text: Only Ang-wan-hu doesn't eat with others, all the other clans eat with each other.
text: Apong eats in Wakching only with the Ang.
text: (17) Girls' dormitory of To-tang - the men of Bala & Dzimshei come and sleep with the girls.
text: The old clans within a morung actually don't intermarry, but eg. the Ang-wang-hu is not one of the old Bala clans but was given to them by the Balang. Therefore he can intermarry with the other clans.
text: In Pandzong Dzonnok, Yu-shon-hu and Haunok don't intermarry and have separate land from the two others which don't intermarry either. The clans of Dzing-shi don't intermarry.