The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: buffalo sacrifice, forked posts and cloths
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 29.10.1936
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
text: (170) Wakching 29/10/1936.
text: Not much happened today. I heard that formerly when a rich man killed a buffalo a forked post was set up and the buffalo was tied to it and then killed. That is because the buffalo is too big to be killed in the house. Apparently there was no ceremony connected with setting up the forked post. People who sacrificed buffalo did not wear a particular cloth, only head-hunters wore either a red cloth with a certain pattern, or a red and black Ao cloth.