The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: mithans and sacrifices, special cloths
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Sangtam
location: Laruri (Kerami)
date: 29.6.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (24) If a rich man makes a genna he kills mithans, no cows (there are no cows) and buffaloes and pigs. Some kill mithan and pigs, and some kill buffaloes and pigs, and the sacrificer gives meat and rice-beer to all the villagers, (not only his clansmen);
text: They don't drag stones.
text: They put up wooden posts, only of pine wood (dub gas) on which they tie the mithans and kill them. The posts - in front of the houses - remain there.
text: The skulls of the mithan remain in the houses.
text: (25) A man who has done the mithan sacrifice wears a special cloth, which they buy from across the frontier, the cloth is black and the design is red - a Thankhul cloth.
text: One mithan sacrifice takes 4 days. After one year he can make again a genna.