The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: foundation of village, rituals
medium: notes
person: Than-pong/ of Wangla
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wangla
date: 12.10.1936
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: (86) Wangla 12/10/1936
text: Informant: Than-pong, gaonbura, the father of The-weng (dead). Than-pong and Wong (Ou-wang-shorai) of Tamlu helped at the foundation of Lapha. Men of Hang, Nganting, Longpho, Gako, Hang-ha, Totok. The site is Pon-ging's (a Wangla man) land, he therefore made the foundation ceremonies. He decided where the morung, the Ang's house and the other houses should be built and cleared the jungle (apparently with he help of the other men). First the house of the gaonbura was built. (87) He was from Totok of Ben clan. Then the Ang's house was built. He is Ang-ha-ba and came from Totok too. Then some other houses were built and at last the morung. Before any of the houses was built and even the jungle cleared, Pon-ging sacrificed a pig, a goat and a chicken. [konyak]. First Pon-ging ate, then Than-pong and Wong, and then the other villagers. (88) The pig was killed with a panji, the goat by cutting its throat with a dao.