The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook nine

caption: gifts at Oulingbu festival
medium: notes
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 18.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 29.10.1936-24.3.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (68) Wakching 18/2/1937
text: Shankok will give at Oulingbu to the husband of his sister Liphu, a Bala man of Leunok, Wan-pong, four baskets of "lai-to" leaves and one hind-leg of a mithan, or, if he can't get a mithan, the hind-leg of a pig. Similar gifts he gives to Wan-pong at Ou-nie-bu and Pong-wem-bu; (at the latter only a small piece of meat). As long as Liphu lives Shankok will give these shares to Wan-pong, resp. to the household even if Wanpong is dead. When Liphu dies Shankok will receive one field from the (69) family of her husband, and when her son dies he will receive one laya. Shankok's son will continue to give the shares at the great feasts to Liphu's children. At the great feasts Wan-pong gives in return presents to Shankok which are of about half the value of what he receives from Shankok. Shankok gives almost the same gifts to the husband of his sister Meniu, a Bala man of Leunokhu, Shang-lo, but that of the elder sister, Liphu, gets a little more. (At this feast he didn't give anything to Shang-lo). (68v) Medzou denies that the shares of meat are given to the children of a man's sister after her death. (70) A special song, only sung by the Yin-yong-hu clan: [konyak].