The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: the Ouliengbu or spring festival
caption: first day of the Ouliengbu festival , catching pigs
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 22.4.1937
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: Wakching 22/4/1937
text: Yesterday was the first genna day of the Ouliengbu, it is called Hui-ya-bu 'vegetable gathering day' as it is the day when banana stalk hearts, jungle green and pan leaves are gathered. Today is Akpho-bu 'pig catching day' as this morning the pigs to be slaughtered were caught. (70) They use large funnel-shaped baskets to capture the pigs, similar to fish traps, which were made yesterday. These baskets are set up outside the pigsty. The pig is chased into it and then held down by several men until its feet are tied together. In the morning already we heard the squeaking and grunting of the fettered pigs and when I came to the Oukheang there were already eleven pigs lying in the back room near the platform