The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: villages without rice, and myths of origins of rice
medium: diaries
person: Chinyang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Chen Sangnyu (Hangniu)
date: 31.8.1936
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: East of Wakching there are several villages which do not grow rice but only millet and taro. Among them are Chen and Hangniu (compare notebook 6 p. 36). No certain tradition tells how people received rice. Some say they found it on a stone, others say a rubber tree, a ficus, brought it forth, and in contradiction to all Chinyang thinks that Ghawang simultaneously created the earth, humanity and rice.