The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: cutting of morung posts and drums
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: There is no official for cutting the trees for morung posts and drums. The former are cut by the young men of the morung and an omen is taken who should cut the tree for the drum. (113) There are two Benbas, one in each morung, one of Nahim clan, the other of Ligam-him clan. The office goes from father to son. The Benbas kill the animals at morung gennas. They make gennas for illness. They dispose of the dead bodies, and they function when a head is brought in.