The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: another village official; details re tattooing and initiation
medium: diaries
person: Yong-mekChinkak
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.8.1936
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
seealso: notebook 3,p.132,122
text: The other man of honour from Dzimshei's clan is the Thep-wang-nok. That position is now held by Yong-mek, a very young man. At the Ou-nie-bu he and the Ang, Chinkak, go to their fields and bring back stalks of every kind of rice which grows in the place where rice has been planted for seeds. There they evoke Ghawang (notebook 3 p. 132) and then hang the rice ears up in a bamboo container on the wall of their house. (211) Yongmek and Chinkak also do the first planting and Yong-mek is the first to build his field hut. Even when people start rebuilding or renewing their village houses he has to initiate the work with a formal renewal of his own house. However it is sufficient for him to put up a new bundle of palm leaves on his roof. Tattooing of young people also cannot start until a small spot on the body of the Thep-wang-nok or on the body of someone of his family has been tattooed. I also found out some details about the initiation of boys and girls. (notebook 3 p. 122 following).