The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: feasting after dance
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tanhai
date: 31.12.1936
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 the dance the entire group, men and boys, go to a house where yesterday a pig had been killed and where now the dancers are fed. The women spread banana leaves on the space in front of the house. The one woman deals out five large portions of red rice from a basket. Another woman follows her and into the middle of the large pile of red rice she puts a smaller amount of white rice. Then comes a man and pours a brown pulp onto the pile which as I am told is made from the inner part of banana trunks and pig's blood.
text: Only now the guests come and sit down. With their fingers they mix the two kinds of rice and the pulp and eat up the five mounds. They are served madhu in leaf bowls but before all food has been eaten up (136) they already get up again and move on to the next house where they are served in the same manner. Here as previously the host offers little pieces of half-fried pig meat which quickly disappears between the diners' rows of black teeth. Four people have slaughtered a pig in the Yanhai morung and even six in the Yan-lem. Each of these households however only serve people of their own morung.