The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: gennas
medium: notes
person: Thevoni
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Khonoma
date: 2.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (43) 2/7/1936
text: Thevoni
text: After the Hesotrakri he can go anywhere he likes, but if he goes to another village where by chance a funeral takes place, he is not allowed to eat of the funeral meat if he hasn't eaten funeral meat in his village before.
text: There he says to the sacrificer, who holds (and his wife) one cup of rice beer. "May your rice beer not be finished, nor your meat, you have spent much rice (44) you can get more than which you spent, may you not suffer from any illness. May you remain in good-health".
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text: A man who wants to make eleven gennas must begin from the very beginning again
text: (45) 1. Genna. Geda (no stone dragging). Mithan or pigs are killed. One feasts the people.
text: 2. Genna: Gehi, the sacrificer will feast the man who has done the stone-dragging with one leg of the cow.
text: 3. Genna. Etsezu. (= stone dragging genna) 2 stones.
text: 4. Genna. Asezu 2 stones.
text: 5. Genna. 4 stones.
text: Even 8 or 10 stones will be dragged in one line; - if there are in a village less head-takers than stones dragged, they stand (46) alternatively for a time on each of the stones, - and then on the first stones.
text: Only if there are more than five head-takers they will also stand on the wife's stones.
text: (47) Only the man smears the stones (all) with bull's blood. - Only he carries a gourd with blood. (makhu = gourd for genna).
text: Chetru
text: Takutsu-shudo 8th.