The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: pig sacrifice
medium: diaries
person: Ahon
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: After I had talked a while with Ahon he took me to a house which was a bit out of the way where just then a pig was sacrificed or rather slaughtered. The unhappy pig was lying in the door already all trussed up and was held by two men. It was a big strong animal and it grunted indignantly although its snout also was tied up. Some women and children were standing around. A small fire was burning inside the house not far from the door. One of the men holds a leaf bowl in his hand. This actually should contain rice beer which is poured onto the pigs head while it is slaughtered. Lacking the rice beer however today water is used instead. The house belongs to a man of the Wang-nau-lim clan, yet he does not kill the pig but the clan elder of the Doalim clan who takes a particular position anyway. (204) We are still waiting for him.