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: ceremonial beating of log-gong, ritual contexts
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York26:5
text: A gong was beaten on various ceremonial occasions. There was no "drum language" of the African type, but specific rhythms served to announce a limited number of events: the death of a chief, the capture of a head, and the celebration of certain rituals. Usually the gong was beaten by a company of twelve to sixteen, with a leader who wielded two heavy wooden pestles, two soloists using one pestle each, and the rest of the players, each using one pestle, hitting the wooden gong in unison.