The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Two. The Social Structure and its Units
caption: divisions of loyalties and allies within the village
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Punkhung
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York45:2
text: In the days of head-hunting it often happened that the loyalties of a village were divided at morung level, one ward being on friendly and the other on feuding terms with one or all the wards of a neighboring village. Thus, before Wakching came under British administration Punkhung, a tributary of the Oukheang, had a feud with the Balang and Bala morungs of Wakching. This did not mean that there was a great deal of organized fighting, but no Punkhung man would have dared to enter Wakching unless well protected by his Oukheang friends.