The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: food prohibitions in detail
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 5.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: The meat of bear is prohibited to all women and when they prepare it for their husbands they carefully wash their hands afterwards. The reason given for this prohibition is that the bear does not give birth the normal way but through its mouth (this although the female bear has a third opening besides the anus and vagina as Yongang firmly insists he has seen it himself). Many women do not eat pig because the female pig eats the afterbirth and placenta but this prohibition is not general. There are women who do not eat pork from early youth to old age while others eat it at all times unless when they are pregnant.