The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: initiation of girls
medium: diaries
person: Chinyak
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 23.8.1936
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: Chinyak does not participate in the initiation of the girls which takes place when they are about ten years old, apparently independently of the beginning of menstruation. The clan elder kills the pig. The women and girls of the family take the meat and rice to the women's platform at the village path and they consume it there. After the ceremony which is also held on the same day for all girls in a year, the girls wear an apron. The girls initiation takes place a little while after that for the boys.