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: avoidance of eating beef
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: Shankok and his whole household do not eat beef therefore his half of the steer is only there to be served to his guests and to be used as gifts. As I heard from others the reason for avoiding beef is as follows. There have been some leprosy cases in the family of Shankok's mother and it is believed that eating mithan, cow or buffalo meat encourages an outbreak of leprosy or may even cause it. Shankok himself has always given me an evasive answer to my question. Nothing remarkable happened this afternoon.