The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Furer-Haimendorf manuscript spiral bound notebook two

caption: feuds between Totok and Chi
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Totok Chi
date: 10.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-12.1936
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (30) The father of the present Ang of Chi and the former Ang of Totok said "We can't have any more wars, we are too near and therefore war is too burdensome". So they buried a pot wound round with cane at the boundary, and they each swore they wouldn't cross that pot in war. Then Totok broke one of their own spear points and said "If we throw a spear at Chi may it hit not", and Chi swore a similar oath. (31) Then they swore, "If we break that, may all the heads of Totok go to Chi" and vice versa. Totok went to war with Chintang and killed two Chi men who passed that way, but didn't take the heads. One man wasn't quite dead. His brother happened to be at Chintang and saw his brother dying, who said "Take a head in exchange of Totok". So he went to Shiong and found a Totok man sitting in the Upper Morung. He called him out of the morung and offered him a betel nut, and killed him in front of the morung. He couldn't take the head as he was chased away by (32) the Shiong men with stones and sticks. But the matter was settled peacefully by Chi and Totok and "only a mistake had happened". After that there was a boy in Totok whose father had been killed by Chi. He grew up and married, then he had a quarrel. In this quarrel he was reproached never to have revenged his father's death. He said he only didn't because there was a treaty between Chi and Totok. But he went straight off and killed a Chi man. Then Chi went and took four heads back. The Ang of Chi stopped it and this matter was settled. All the heads were given back. This happened on the same day when the Chi man was killed and as Totok was quite unprepared, the Chi (33) men could have taken much more heads, hadn't the Ang of Chi interfered. Recently was again a quarrel between Chi and Totok. Some young Totok men cut down several fruit trees of Chi. Chi took revenge and cut down still more of Totok's trees.