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: reasons for change in Longkhai - Christianity
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Longkhai
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: There are various reasons for the change of atmosphere in Longkhai, a change much more noticeable than in Wakching. (258) Some eight or nine years earlier the whole village had been converted to Christianity, and this accounted probably for the collapse of the morung. Only one of the traditional three morung was being maintained and this served now as a Christian assembly hall. I was told that this and similar mass conversions were effected by an Ao or Lhota preacher persuading the Ang and the gaonbura to embrace Christianity. The rest of the community considered the change of religion virtually an order from the village authorities.