The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook three

caption: genna for dysentery
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 26.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 8.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: For dysentery a man makes gennas, the Yak-wang-ban-ba. It is Dzinggeam, his clan is Yan-lem-ba of Ang-ban; - he and his brother are the only representatives of this clan, which is somehow attached to Ang-nok-phong, but Ben. Dzinggeam also paints the (182) ends of the coffins red. For the treatment of sick people, Dzinggeam takes some rice, salt, chillie and chicken meat, and wraps it up in a leaf and then rubs with it the sick man's stomach. He has no dreams for sick people. He will be succeeded by his son. The red paint is made by grinding red earth, and that is considered dangerous, therefore only Dzinggeam touches it. Now-a-days they often mix some paint bought in the plains with it.