The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: log dragging when morung rebuilt or log drum made
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 16.10.1936
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: (150) When a morung is rebuilt or a drum made the oldest man of the morung cuts the tree first. On the day the drum is dragged in all the villagers, men and women, go to the jungle, all, also the women drag it. The day before a genna is made. The morung eldest kills a pig and a chicken near the drum, sprinkles their blood at the drum and pours madhu on it and says: [konyak] "May your heart be kind to us, (Ha-yang), may all of us live long till our hair is white, may we get game and enemies heads, we are doing you (the drums) genna". The heads of the pig and the chicken are put upon the remaining tree trunk, of the tree which was used for making the drum. This first day is genna (152) only for the morung. The next day, when the drum is dragged in, is genna for the whole village; both men and women put on ceremonial dress for the dragging. The drum is left outside the morung and the men and women dance and drink madhu, and the drum is beaten. After some days a feast is made and the whole village dances again and the drum is beaten. The next day it is dragged in the morung without further ceremonies and again beaten.
text: In the old times the (153) drum was dragged to the village and while it was lying outside of the morung the young men went to war and tried to get a head. When they brought in the head it was fastened at the drum and the drum was beaten. Only then it was dragged into the morung.