The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook twelve

caption: paths of the morungs
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 14.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.3.1937-27.4.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (84) Wakching 14/4/1937
text: Aukheang paths:
text: 1. Dzinglang lem (old village) - leading to the former site of Tanyeang.
text: 2. Yongshemlem (stone lying) - to Tanhai (all morungs)
text: 3. Alienglem (Alieng, the name of a man) - to Shiong (all morungs)
text: 4. Dokdaklem (back pain, the back hurts when the sun is burning down on it) - to the old fields of this year (all morungs) (85) From the Dzinglanglem, which leads to the Aukheang fields, the Shanhuilem leading to the Thepong fields branches off. The portion from the Aukheang rest house to the junction is cleared by the Thepong. At the junction is a well called Wiengyeang. The upper part of the Yong-shem-lem is cleared by all five morungs. The Alienglem is cleared by the Aukheang from the village till to the spring. The rest is cleared by all morungs.
text: The Dokdaklem which is only important as long as the fields are on this side, is cleared by all morungs. Today the Thepong men are repairing the big bridge.
text: (86) Thepong paths:
text: 1. Shiepinglem (name of the land) - to Chingtang
text: 2. Hantaklem (wood red) - on the spur towards Chingtang
text: 3. Shidzimlem (Shi-dzim a man's name) - to the jungle which will be jhumed next year.
text: All these three paths are cleared only by the Thepong people.
text: (87) Bala paths:
text: 1. Weangwinlem (bamboo place) - to the jungle
text: 2. Ouphilem (Ouphiyim - the name of land) - to Wanching
text: 3. Ouyeanglem - the continuation of 2 towards the Dikhu
text: The Bala men clear both paths alone.
text: Balang paths:
text: 1. Buanglem (old men's path) - to the Dikhu, cleaned by Balang
text: 2. Yongponglem (stone together gathering) - to Kongan, cleaned half by Bala, of which a path branches off, and half by Balang
text: (88) Ang-ban paths:
text: 1. Beidzilem (tree even) - to the jungle
text: 2. Yongemlem (Yongom, man's name) - to the jungle
text: They clear both by themselves.
text: (89) The famous artist of Longwa who made the brass heads was killed early in 1930 by Wangeang, a gaonbura (with red cloth!) of Sheangha, while the artist was on his way to Wakching.