The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: food taboos for pregnant woman
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: More numerous are the prohibitions for women during pregnancy and for the first three months after giving birth. At this time they are prohibited the meat of mithan, buffalo and cattle because otherwise the child would have horns, (7) pig meat (but it is supposed to happen that pregnant women cannot resist the temptation and secretly eat pork), furthermore all birds caught in a trap, all monkeys (a pregnant woman may not even touch a dead monkey otherwise the child will be a monkey), bananas as they are sticky and the woman would not have enough milk. Frogs, chicken and fish are permitted for pregnant women.