The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: morung building
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 26.10.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (183) Wakching 26/10/1936
text: Informant: Yongang
text: On the fifth day of the month Yongang kills a chicken at the front main post (where also a head-taker cleans his dao). Yongang does it because the ground on which the morung stands is his. This is done in the morning. [konyak]. (184) Yongang alone eats the chicken. Then he kills two male pigs at the main post and says the same words. One of the pigs is eaten by the men, the other by the women. Then Yongang kills one bufflao by first making a cut with the dao under the shoulder and then thrusting his spear through this cut into the animal's heart. (185) Again he says the same words. Then he kills one female pig. Of the buffalo, Yongang gets one hind-leg (but cut off rather short), the Ang gets a part of the other hind-leg and the morung Ang gets a part of the fore-leg. The head is eaten in the jungle at the The-pong path by all the men. The female pig is divided up among all the men to more or less equal parts. At night first the Aukheang men come and dance, then the Ang-ban men come and dance, - Balang and Bala don't come.
text: (186) First one small side-post is set up - while the old morung is still standing - and near this the chicken is killed by Yongang.
text: The next day all the men bind together palm-leaves for the roof.
text: On this day the two pigs are killed.
text: The third day they break up the old morung.
text: The fourth day the new posts are made and the roof built.
text: The fifth day the buffalo is killed and the roof is thatched with palm-leaves.
text: When the thatching is finished the boys and young men sing (187) while sitting on the roof, they don't sing while sitting on the ground. The old men at first climb the roof too for singing there. The buffalo is not skinned, but the skin is eaten too. (188-191) [konyak]