The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: deities and gennas
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 29.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Ha-a-yan is the god of sky, Hashiyowan is the deity of earth. When a woman gives birth to a child a genna for Ha-a-yan is made for 5 days, during which the house is "genna". If they break this genna the child will not live long.
text: When a man is ill a genna for Ha-a-yan and Hashijowan (sic) is made. They say to them: (120) "Do not be angry with us, we are giving you this pig, let the man free in return". If the illness is serious a pig and a chicken is killed otherwise only one of them.