The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: history of origins of village; the frog clan
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 13.10.1936
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: (109) History.
text: The Hungphoi men came originally from Phoi-hong, an abandoned site near the Assam Valley between Lapha and Joboka. The first men are said to have come out of the earth.
text: From Phoi-hong they migrated to Hungphoi. The two Wang-hu-him clans and the three Ben clans founded the village and the former functioned as Ang clan. Then they called an Ang from Mon and Mon sent an Ang. With him came the Luk-him clan. (110) The Luk-him is the frog clan and encourages the frog to eat sun and moon at eclipses. The Gim-ba, a man of Luk-him clan, builds the first field house. The next day all the villages build their field houses and that of the Ang. The Gimba does also the first sowing. He alone does the first reaping. After the harvest the Gimba goes to the fields of the Ang and without doing there anything comes back and beats the log-drum in the Ang's house. Then all the morung men beat their drums too.