The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: rebuilding morungs, sacrifices etc
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 3.6.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: At the rebuilding of the Bala:
text: One of the buffaloes is led by some young men of the Bala and Balang, first to the Thepong and thrown down there and his feet and legs are tied, then he is let go and taken to the Aukheang, then to the Angban and Balang where the throwing down is repeated. Then the buffalo is taken back to the Bala. There Tungna (Bala 43) cuts off the tail, then two Bala youths and two Balang youths cut off the four legs (those of each morung (188) one foreleg and one hind leg). Then they hurry to their morungs and beat the drum. Whoever is able to cut off the legs first beats their drum first too, but they say it takes sometimes a long time to cut off all legs. Only afterwards Tungna kills the buffalo with a spear and Dang-wem splits its head with an axe. Only the Balang and Bala kill buffalo in that way and only one of the two killed at the rebuilding. The meat of the buffalo thus killed is only eaten by the Ang, the Niengbas and the Benba. Others are afraid to eat it.