The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: role of the Kemovo, village priest of the Angamis
caption: gennas
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Kohima
date: 23.6.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (17) (Reheja - genna) - any day after he was elected Kemovo. Song at Reheja genna: The new Kemovo should order a pennye to stop rain and hail. Two days after that pennye there is the Reheja genna. Then the Kemovo sits in the morning with his face to the sun and the (18) old Kemovo will stand before him with the cock in his hand. "The earth is my mother, the sky is my father, he is not unfit for serving the tehumas, let order him to untie things or to find things. He has not mother or father, let earth be open for him, and heavens open for him."
text: That a man called Sopfunu who has 7 sons, of the 7 only one remained alive. For the remaining son he makes a sacrifice with a cow for him, but (19) a man says that is genna to make a sacrifice with cows, as they walk on many hills and eat grass. Sopfunu wants to sacrifice a pig, but pigs always eat certain roots after sunset, therefore he can't sacrifice pigs. Goat is like an orphan therefore one couldn't sacrifice it, and sleeping he saw in a dream that a cock, cries on the highest point, is the right thing to sacrifice for his son. If there is anything closed where you go working, this clean cock would open all the closed (20) things for you, and the cock's feet should be clean. When the cock moves his wings, so all the dirty things shall be cleaned.
text: Kumema clan has five villages, these five villages they were calling bad men and bad illnesses to come, these bad should go to them.
text: Trelesa, (tehuma) god's village, and the pharus rajah have a cloth and sit down to judge cases, and the people of Chingr (?) (Mesa-Kerenu) have every day a quarrel, and they don't go to their fields.