The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: food taboos for husband of 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: The husband of a pregnant woman has to observe the following taboos. He may not touch and divide a killed animal neither during the hunt nor in the village. If he goes hunting his companions divide the catch for him but he can eat it as soon as it is cooked. If he breaks this prohibition the child will either be born dead or it will refuse the breast and will die. Neither he nor his wife may kill a snake otherwise the child will have a lisp. He must not set bird snares, he must not eat frogs. (8) Children do not eat meat from sickness gennas. They also do not eat the meat of an animal which has been killed by a tiger. In addition some clans have special food prohibitions. Shankok's clan, the Khok-nok-hu for example, does not eat huluk. I haven't found out yet about other clan food prohibitions.