The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: ceremonies and head hunting
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 2.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (59) Informant: Chinyang
text: Totok man: Pungnei stayed at Wakching, Chi man: Shai-ho killed him. When Shai-ho came to Wakching to sell a head he stayed at Puknei's house (Aukheang), the adoptive father of Pungnei. So Puknei killed him in his house with a dao, that was Ou-nie-bu time.
text: Before Ou-ling-bu they tried to get a head but in any case they dance. At Ou-nie-bu they danced only if they had got a head. (60) If one morung loses a head they paint their faces black (with the black of the cooking pots) and dance (only the young men dance, within the morung.)
text: After the people have carried home their own dhan, the whole village goes to carry home the Ang's dhan, and one special man, Wingai, carries home the mat on which the rice was spread. After that day the drums are played and all gennas abolished.