The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook five

caption: clans, funerals and other customs in Chinko
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Totok (Totok Chinko)
date: 21.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 25.8.1936-5.5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (52) Wakching 21/4/1937
text: Inf: Ang of Chinko, one of the three Totoks.
text: The Ang family came from Totok.
text: The funeral customs of Totok are approximately the same as those of Wakching.
text: The Manbu (feast of merit) is only done by men of Ang clan. Either a mithan or a buffalo must be sacrificed, moreover pigs are killed for meat. Forked posts are set up for mithan and buffaloes killed. No stone is dragged. (53) The daughters of men who have done the Manbu pierce four or five holes into their ears, they also put on more necklaces.
text: The Manbas build field houses of the long form (as that of Longkhai Ang).
text: The clans are exogamous, the morungs are not exogamous.
text: Though Chi and Totok are hereditary enemies, the Angs intermarry. Yekolu, the Great Ang of Totok, is married to the daughter of the Chi Ang.
text: (54) Ang girls never marry Ben men. Those who don't marry Angs of other villages marry Ang men of other morungs of Totok. The Ang girls are not supposed to have even affairs with Ben men, but they talk and dance with them.