The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook three

caption: genna for millet cutting
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 16.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 8.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (97) Genna for the first rice (corrected - apparently cutting of the millet) cutting (shi-shou-wang-bu).
text: The owner of the field goes with one chicken and some "lai-mei" on to his field and in front of the field house he first makes a little cut in the beak of the chicken so that it bleeds. Then he holds in one hand the chicken and in the other two leaves tied together, swings both and beats with the head of the chicken the backet in which he carried it so that it is sprinkled with blood. Then he kills the chicken saying: [konyak]
text: He then takes the chicken home and cooks it with rice. A bunch of leaves is fastened to the roof in front of the door. On this day the owner may give nothing out of his house to his neighbours, not even fire or water (cf. NB 14, p. 96)