The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook nine

caption: final ceremony with the head
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.1.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 29.10.1936-24.3.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (81) Today is the final ceremony with the head. In the Thepong two cows and 22 pigs were killed. A foreleg of each of these animals is given to the morung. The poorer people sacrificed chickens and also give one leg to the morung. Every man gives some rice and madhu. All this is eaten by the older men of the morung, not by the young men (eg. Shankok). Shankok gave one hindleg of the cow to a man of Chinglong whom he had invited. (82) Shankok gave the other hindleg of the sow to Wan-pong his sister, Liphu's, husband, but he didn't give anything to Shanglong, the husband of Meniu who is the young one of the two sisters. He will receive from Wan-pong one spear and one dao in return.
text: (83) Inf: Yonglong and Dzemang. Words said by Yonglong when he fed the skulls in front of the Bala morung: [konyak]. When imitating with the spear the making of a hole in the skull he says: [konyak].
text: (85) Informant: Medzou
text: When Yemlong gives rice beer to the skull he says: [konyak]. (86) The young men then touch with their feet the hoof of a pig, some rise and sing "Hi, hi, hi, ha, ha, ha". According to Medzou they invite by this the Angs to come and eat. Then Yonglong, the Ang and Nei-ang give madhu to the heads and say: [konyak]. (87) When imitating the piercing of the head. [konyak]. (88) The heads were put into baskets so that the birds could not eat the flesh.