The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook seven

caption: head receiving rituals at Kongan
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan
date: 24.12.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.9.1936-21.3.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (61) Kongan 24/12/1936
text: The young men met me on the path and I gave them a piece of a head. They first danced on the path then singing went to the village. There was no ceremony when entering the village. They straight went to their morung and fastened the basket with the head at the drum. Then they danced in front of the morung, then they beat the drum.
text: The head remains till tomorrow on the drum. Tomorrow the oldest man of the morung makes a (62) genna with the head in front of the drum house. He kills a small chicken and takes an omen of the intestines. Then he gives madhu and rice to the head and says: [konyak]. Then all people dance. In the evening the head-taker takes the head to the head-tree.
text: On the fifth day of the next lunar month another genna of two days, the Hehuba, is done. (63) Then the head is taken to the house of the killer and decorated with cow's horns. It remains in the house of the "great man" of the clan. [konyak].
text: (64) The name of the man who erected the two menhirs at the entrance of Kongan was A-shang. The bigger stone was erected in his name, the smaller in his wife's name. At the feast he killed buffaloes, mithans, pigs and fed the whole village. He gave some madhu to the stones too.