The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Twenty-seven. Return to Nagaland
caption: internal village loyalties decrease, but some rituals maintained
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: With the possibility of advancement in the world beyond the confines of his village a man's interest in and loyalty to the morung community necessarily diminishes, and though still maintained as dormitories for the unmarried and convenient places for casual gatherings, the men's houses of Wakching have lost some of their most important functions. With the introduction of schools attended by many boys of the village, the morung's role as an educational institution has declined, and the formal adoption of Christianity by a majority of the people of Wakching has deprived the morung of their role as centres of ritual activities.