The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: tributes to the Ang
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 14.10.1936
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: Tribute to the Ang.
text: The Ang receives one hind-leg of every animal bred in the village. If one or two men go hunting they don't give him a share, but if the whole village goes hunting the Ang receives the head and one hind-leg of one of the killed animals; the Ang of Mon receives one hind-leg. (126) The villagers do all the work on the Ang's fields. This year he had three fields. Hungphoi Angs intermarry with Wangla, Oting, Lunglam, Punkhung and Tang, some of the "sons" of Chi.
text: When the Ang daughter of Hungphoi married the Ang of Wangla, all the Hungphoi men and women who went to Wangla brought food with them and gave it to the Wangla people. They received in exchange daos and spears. No real marriage price was paid. (127) When the wife gave birth to her first child the Hungphoi men brought one chicken to Wangla and killed it there (without any words) and received in exchange one dao from the Ang. The Ang's daughter is tattooed at her upper-legs before she leaves her parents' house to marry into another village. If an Ang's daughter marries to another village and her husband dies before she has any children, she may either marry his younger brother or return to her parents' house and then marry somebody else. If she has (128) children, however, she remains in her late husband's village.