The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook on his return to Nagaland, 1970

caption: morung membership and re-building
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Zemi
location: Kepelo
date: 19.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 8.8.1970-8.9.1970
person: private collection
text: There is no rite connected with the entrance of a boy to the morung, but it is the morung members who decide when a boy should start sleeping in the morung. When a morung is being rebuilt, all the morung help to drag in and erect the main posts and the central roof pole. Each morung has one priest. Hodateupeu is the morung priest . Bikaung (a person's name) is the village priest. He is selected by the assembly of all villagers. Tingkapao is the term for the village priest.