The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: purification ceremony
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 16.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.2.1937-31.3.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (18) This was immediately followed by another ceremony which intended the purification of the participants in the genna. Two bamboos which are split halfway down the middle are set up in such a manner that when the two parts (a) are spread apart a man can easily step through the opening (b) SKETCH
text: (19) When the Longokoa boys had crawled through the bamboo frame they first rushed to the drum of the Wang-hemba and played on it and then went on to their own. The Wang-hem-ba boys only beat the one of their morung, however there is no more dancing. Finally the boys and some young men of each morung go from house to house and with sticks and daos they hit the roof above each door. I could not quite discover what the purpose of this custom is but it is part of the head-hunting ceremony. At night the men of each morung will get together and finish the day eating and drinking.