The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: ritual officials
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Punkhung
date: 5.10.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 4.10.1936-23.2.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (19) In each of the morungs is one Ben-ba - a man who first cuts the trees for posts and drums. The Ben-ba of Wang-dze morung is of Long-mon-shim clan. The Ben-ba of Long-dza-dze morung has died and no successor yet has been found. The late Ben-ba was a Wakching man of Aukheang morung. The Ben-ba of Nekhong-dze morung is a man of Ou-wang-bu-shu clan - the name of his "house" is Ou-yau-shim. When he dies his son will succeed him. He is the Ou-yau-ba who makes the genna with heads. (20) The Ben-bas also kill all the animals sacrificed by the morung and receive one fore-leg of them. The Long-dza-dze and Ne-khong-dze have also an official who is comparable to the Nieng-ba of Wakching. In the Long-dza-dze morung his title is Khudzu-shim. The present Ku-dzu-shim [sic] has the Longkhai face tattoo. For his father went to Longkhai and he was brought up there. But when the Ku-dzu-shim of Punkhung died the Ang called him back to take over the office as he was the nearest male relative of the late Ku-dzu-shim. He is of Long-pong-shu clan. In the Ne-khong morung his title is Me-thong-shim. He is of Wang-bu-shu clan. (21) The Ku-dzu-shim announces the gennas the day before and shouts with a loud voice that tomorrow that and that genna will be held. He only announces the gennas (for the whole village) but the Ang decides the dates and tells him to announce them.