The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: burial of Weikok, a leper; nicknames
medium: notes
person: Weikok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 22.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (98) Wakching 22/5/1937
text: Inf. Shankok
text: Today Weikok, an old man of Khoknokhu clan, was buried. He was a leper and Shankok says that the reason for his illnes was his taking a head from Choha. Before his body was carried out of the house an old man, Kunba, the oldest Shayonghu man of the Thepong and third eldest man of the morung, with hand, a spear and shield, danced and shouted: [konyak]. (99) Weikok is called "ou-phong" because one of his ancestors when he went on a raid against Tanyeang run with a head he had taken so quickly, like a cock, that the Tanyeang people, who chased him, couldn't catch him. This (100) is thought a very marvellous deed and now all his descendants whose name is Weikok are given the same epitheton "ou-phong". Shankok's epitheton is "niei-ei" "that talked of by many" - ei-bu = to talk.
text: Thangba, Weikok's father, is called "the man who has carried the stone", because one of his fathers (sic) engaged all the young men in carrying a huge stone to the machan of the Aukheang women and feasted them. He did that instead of performing the (101) Nauba, which is considered dangerous. All families who have done it have become poor. When the people came back from the disposal of the body, they strew some leaves on the path, with the left hand. Also some Bala people, the sons of the sister of Weikok's father, came to the funeral.