The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: origins of first rice
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan
date: 25.9.1936
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: I asked about the stone from which the Wakching people say that the first rice grew, indeed on the way to Namsang about half a mile away from Kongan there are two big stone blocks called 'yong-dzang-nu'. They are said to be man and wife and until about four years ago rice used to grow on them. People came and took from it and apparently mixed it with their seed grains. The rice is supposed to have grown of its own accord.