The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: sacrifice of chicken fed to workers , cooking
medium: diaries
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 24.5.1937
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: Shankok has brought a chicken to improve the workers' meal. (180) It cannot bring much though. He only kills it here and first cuts open its beak and moves it towards the Wem-dzong and the two house posts so that some blood falls on them. Simultaneously he says the usual words for a good harvest. This action and the blood are for Ghawang, but as Shankok admits laughingly he does not get much. Then Shankok pulls out the intestine and observes it. The omen is not propitious, the two continuations which separate from the intestine, one of which represents him, the other his fields, move markedly away from each other. Shankok's wife too is in the field house and is just cooking taro in boiling water. She pounds chillies in a chunga and adds them to the taro. She also throws in a grass-like herb and leaves from a small bush.