The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: pig killing
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.1.1937
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: When I went through the Thepong in the morning I already heard on all sides the squeaking of the tied-up pigs and some were lying in the morung into which they are brought briefly for ceremonial reasons. Men and women were sitting on the platforms occupied with adorning themselves, and in every house I entered people were gathered around the fire drinking madhu. It was obviously the time for visiting and Aukheang men were also coming to their clan fellows of the Thepong. Around noon the pigs were slaughtered in the usual manner in the anteroom near the entrance door, usually by the clan eldest, but in the exceptional case of the sons of the former Ang, Pongyong, who live in the Bala, it was done by the owner of the house. The cow Shankok is slaughtering (186) was sacrificed by the oldest Khoknokhu man with a spear in the door of Shankok's house.