The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: slow sacrifice of ox
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang
date: 20.3.1937
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
seealso: notebook 7 p.121
text: I notice several leaves still quite fresh in the Moniu morung and I am told of a ceremony which was performed yesterday on the second day of the Bangmoba when all young boys held genna leaves which are broken by an older man while he says certain words. (See notebook 7 p. 121).
text: While we are still at the Moniu morung two boys bring a pathetic small ox which they have bought in the plains as a salaam for me and which is now to be killed on the spot. This not does not promise to be a pleasant performance but it is valuable for me in so far as I can watch how they actually kill cattle here. One of the boys ties the ox to a tree trunk which happens to lie nearby, then he hacks off all four legs at the knees with surprising speed