The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: Oulingbu ceremony ; cutting up the animals
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 3.5.1937
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: Pigs and cattle are slaughtered today and everyone is busy cutting them up and dividing them. At every Oulingbu a man gives parts of the slaughtered animals (121) to his married sisters. In return he receives a laya when she dies and a field when one of her sons dies, whether before or after his mother's death. The night is clear but there is lightning in the distance.