The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: ceremonial planting and its ritual
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 8.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: This morning too I heard some interesting things from the gaonburas. When Yongmek does the ceremonial planting he takes the stalks of a grass already in the village (29) and to it he ties the seeds of the tayang fruit. This fruit grows on the dzou-bei tree (the weaver tree?) and it is flat and long like the sword of a loom. The seeds inside have paper thin wings which are carried away by the wind when the fruit splits open. Yongmek now fastens some of these little wings with the seeds in their centres to the tip of the grass stalks. SKETCH