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: killing pigs and singeing them
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 23.4.1937
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: (74) Wakching 23/4/1937
text: Today it is Oksheakbu 'pig singeing day'. First thing in the morning the pigs are killed by the clan eldest in the usual manner, then their bristles are singed over a fire in the anteroom of the house and they are immediately divided. Fat, small bits of meat and blood are mixed with rice flour and chillies. This paste is then wrapped up in leaves and put into chungas of medium strength. The chungas are put onto a fire which is burning in the anteroom of the house. Once they are charcoal black all around, the stuffing is just ready. It is taken out and has turned into a solid, sausage like form which tastes like a blood pudding. Because of the chillies however the flavour is slightly too hot for our taste buds.