The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Furer-Haimendorf manuscript spiral bound notebook two

caption: Ang of Chi; tribute paid to Chi
medium: notes
person: Mewang/ of Chi
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Chi
date: 8.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-12.1936
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Shiong pays about 8lb per house to the Ang of Chi. At the spring festival (bihu) everybody kills a pig and sends one piece of pork to Chi. Then to the villages from which he takes tribute after defeating them in war. He returns the tribute by visiting them occasionally and giving them a feast with a mithan - but not to his own offshoot. (15) Chintang pays to Chi 8lb of rice and 8-10lbs of dried taro, the first of the orange crop and the first of the Yak fruit crop, and one carrying band from every house. At the festival they give him husked rice, rice-beer and pork and all villages send him a share of fresh fish when they go fishing. The Ang of Chi has got one real wife and 40 concubines. His name is Mewang and he had two elder brothers who were Angs too. (16) Mewang has not done the ceremony of becoming Ang. If an Ang has done it he can't eat of tiger's kill, or meat of an animal with a torn eye. Mewang's nephew has done the ceremony. He will succeed because the office goes back to the senior house.