The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: gennas for birth of a child
medium: diaries
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 21.1.1937
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: On the Thepong path Shankok shows me split bamboos which are leaning against a tree and a few ginger roots and a leaf is tied to each of them. Most of them are already old but some are quite fresh. I have never before noticed these sticks which does not exactly speak well for my gift of observation. Such a bamboo is put up here at the genna for the birth of a child. The entrails of the chicken sacrificed at this genna are wrapped in leaves and are fastened to another tree. (197) For a boy a bamboo is stuck onto the roof of the house, for a girl it is a rattan branch.