The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook one

caption: feasts of merit
caption: dragging in of forked post; house-horns
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Kohima
date: 10.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: 5. Leizu - dragging of wooden forked post.
text: The beginning is the same as during Zatzu, - the killing of animals, the cutting of wood, the preparing of madhu. (37) First they make a forked post in the jungle, - then the sacrificer on the second day after the Kemovos had come and the madhu was drunk, goes to the jungle with white stockings and a piece of white cloth at the back of his head and his spear. He is not accompanied by his wife, but followed by the men in ceremonial dress.
text: They drag the post round the village and then put it up outside of his house. They don't eat anything after that. Then the helper of the sacrificer (his Luo), who stays (38) for the time in his house, throws down a puppy from the roof of the house and all try to catch the unlucky dog. Often it is torn into pieces in the attempt, but if one single man catches it, he may also take it to his house. Mostly it is eaten, in any case.
text: Then a cow is given to the men and they must kill it without any instrument, - they tear it into pieces each of them trying to get as much meat as possible. Only in their houses they are allowed to use a dao to cut up the meat. This day is called Likekesu (fight for the meat). (39) After performing the Lezu (sic) a man may put house-horns on his house.