The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: a large ceremony of whole village, taboos
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 19.8.1936
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: The Lai-pham-bu on the other hand is a genna which is kept on the same day by the entire village. Working on the fields is prohibited although people may leave the village to get wood or to hunt. To visit another village however is genna. It is also prohibited for people from other villages to enter a Shiong household today. If they come into the village at all they have to stay in the morung and may not leave Shiong again on the same day. However this does not apply to people from Wakching because Shiong is on Wakching land and therefore they are not considered strangers. For me too an exception was made and I even sat in Ahon's house during the actual ceremony.