The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: Wakching head receiving rituals
caption: sacrifice of chick and omen reading
medium: diaries
person: Yonglong
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.12.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: After Yonglong had spoken these words over the head he took the poor (94) pathetically chirping chick, cut open it beak and sprinkled some of the blood on the stone, and then he pulled the chick's long intestines from the anus and looked at it to see whether the morung would have good luck or misfortune this year. The omen was good and while the intestine was put across the stone the clan elder again picked up head and chicken.