The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: stone dragging and feasts
medium: notes
person: Visa
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Khonoma
date: 3.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (48) 3/7/1936
text: Informant: Visa
text: Khonoma
text: Chato-genna.
text: Then the sacrificer gives them more meat and cloths. Then all the villagers drink madhu. No stone dragging is done.
text: Siki genna (si = wood, ki = house) On this the house is covered with wood and house horns were put on. The madhu, kill pigs, cows and mithans and feast all the people who help in the house building. Now-a-days no house horns are put up.
text: (49) Kherikohu, - the sacrificer makes in his own name - in order to eternise his name, - a stone circle.
text: The workers are feasted, but the stones are carried or dragged in without special ceremonies, no ceremonial dress is needed.
text: Kherhitse - stone dragging in the sacrificer's name; - two stones, one for the man, one for the wife are dragged and put up in one line. When they drag the stones they put on ceremonial dress. Many mithans and cows are killed. The Zevos don't eat (50) first in this genna. (Informant does not know well this).
text: The stones are put up outside the village, - they make two ponds near the stones. The ponds are made to keep the memory of the man and wife. Apparently no use is made of the pond; - but cows are allowed to drink out of it, - men would not drink out of it, though it is not genna to do it. There are still such ponds near Khonoma - sometimes the ponds are cleared by the sacrificer's clan.
text: Khartse can only be done once. The last man who did the Khartse g. was Heka who lived long before Khonoma was taken over.