The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: stone dragging and head taking
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wangla
date: 11.10.1936
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: (81) Wangla 11/10/1936
text: In front of the Ang's house and little under the Ang's morung are many stone slabs around the trees one of them with white blossoms. Some of the slabs are as high as a man. When a head was brought in it was first put on one of the flat stones around these trees. Then the young men danced around the tree and drank madhu. The next day the first and second killer dragged a stone in and set it up near the tree. If three heads were brought in three stones were erected. The Benba of the morung which had taken (82) the head helps in dragging it in and also the young men. When the stone was set up some madhu was poured on it, as the Ang says, "because Wangla kept only the hands and feet of slain enemies and sent the heads to Mon". (?) The Benba did this and said [konyak]. The head is fastened on it (83) and they dance again. It may remain hanging from the platform as long as three weeks or one month. Then it is put into the morung.