The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook one

caption: Thevo, or village priest, of the Eastern Angamis
caption: Thevos of Chezu-Nasami
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Angami> Eastern
location: Chezumi Chezu-Nasami Chezu-Nagwami
date: 7.6.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (30) 7/6/1936
text: Chezumi
text: Informants: Several old men of the village. Interpreter: Thevoni
text: There were originally four separate settlements, which combined and formed the present village of Chezu-Nasami.
text: Therefore Chezu-Nasami has four Thevos, but there are only 3 khels.
The Thevos are:
1. Meshusahi, who belongs to the Chizomi clan. His ancestor came from Rangazumi.
2. Vetetso, who belongs to the Chizomi clan too. His ancestor came also from Rangazumi, but made a separate settlement.
3. Ngosani, whose ancestors came from Ngasapeo, which is now an abandoned site.
4. Netsoho, whose ancestors came from Rangazumi too and made a separate settlement.
text: The whole village of Chezu-Nasami keeps the funeral gennas for any of these four Thevos. But they get shares of meat only from their particular part of the community.
text: Chezu-Nagwami, the original village has only one Thevo. This is a separate village with separate gennas. It lies a few hundred yards from Chezu-Nasami on a hill of its own.