The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: wooden carved post for mithan sacrifice
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 8.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (173) In front of one house I saw a wooden forked post almost unworked, that is uncarved. It remains there from a mithan sacrifice. The mithan sacrifice on the other hand does not seem to have the same significance here as it has among the Ao. For the Ou-ling-bu several men together buy a mithan, slaughter it and share the meat. The Ang does not keep any part of these sacrifices. Only when a morung is built does he get a leg of the sacrificed mithan.