The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter One. The Material Background
caption: initial preparation of log-gong in forest
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York26:2
text: The tree chosen for a gong was ceremonially felled with the cooperation of members of another morung, who render their services on a reciprocal basis. After the gong had been roughly shaped in the forest, a process which was accompanied by the sacrifice of a pig, all the people of the morung and ward for which the gong was intended dressed themselves in ceremonial attire and gathered round the half-finished gong.