The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: the ceremonial ritual
medium: diaries
person: Daushing
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 25.8.1936
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 5, p.2
text: In Wanching the Ou-nie-bu is held on the seventh and eighth day after the new moon which divides the months Dzangla-li, the one we are in right now. The names of the months seem to be different from Wakching where we now have the Ou-nie-li. (225) In the morning the Ta-bhak, a man of the Dzom-nok clan from the To-tang morung, now the man is Daushing, goes to the Ang's house where he gets pieces from all parts of a freshly slaughtered pig; heart, liver, tongue, legs, as well as cooked rice and madhu. This he takes to the Ang's field house but he goes without him and puts up little portions of the food on sticks and the sacrificial place, Wum-dzong, then he prays for fertility (notebook 5 p.2).
text: When the Ta-bhak returns from the field house, he first enters the Ang's house where he is given some food and drink. Only then does he return to his own house. Now some people kill pigs or cattle and share them for a payment with their neighbours. The animals are slaughtered by the clan elder when again a formula is said (notebook 5 p. 5). After the Ta-bhak has returned no rice may be pounded until the end of the Ou-nie-bu. By one o'clock today however, he had not yet come back. On the second day certain leaves (226) (the same ones that are used for Lai-pham-bu in Shiong) are tied to the house posts, to individual household items and to the animal skulls which hang in the house. Then they are all sprinkled with blood from the animal which has been sacrificed on the previous day and with the yeast used in making rice beer.