The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: rites when finishing rice cutting
medium: diaries
person: Shankok
location: Wakching
date: 2.10.1936
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
date: 2.10.1936
text: Wakching 2/10/1936.
text: The weather is dreadful again and there is little to do. Shankok told me some things about finishing the rice cutting. A small piece of the field is left to the last. On it is a certain type of red rice. This he then cuts himself while his wife does the threshing. This rice is kept separately in an earthen pot in the rice granary. For the Ou-nie-bu the clan elder stamps a bit of this rice for the sacrifices which are tied to the house posts. Men are allowed to eat from it but not women as these, when they marry, leave the house and the rice would follow them.