The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: morungs, hair cutting
medium: notes
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: (105) The smaller boys wear their hair long and don't sleep in the morung. This autumn a small boys' morung will be built for them as it exists in Oting. Before the boys enter the morung ie. when they are about 15, they cut the hair in front and bind it up behind. Always a gang of boys (about 6-8) enter the morung at one time. At that day the boy's parents give a feast for their clan and rich men kill even pigs. At night the boy goes to sleep in the morung. This happens always after rice harvest. (In Oting the same custom exists, but the boys enter the morung at O-ya-bu).