The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-four. The World Beyond
caption: prayers to gods
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: It is not only during feasts and ceremonies that the Konyak invokes Gawang. Often in the course of his daily life he will murmur a prayer to the sky god. When he begins to eat, he will throw a bit of rice or taro to one side saying: "Gawang, eat you first." When he is lucky out hunting, he cuts off a small piece of flesh and throws it into the forest for Gawang with the words: "In the future, give me again such luck."