The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook three

caption: sacrifice for infertility
medium: notes
person: Limia
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 27.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 8.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (193) When married people have no children for about two years they make a puja. They kill a chicken (chicken is the bird of Ghawang - when the cock crows sitting on the roof they say he is calling Ghawang). But first they call the hi-niu (shaman) Limia, give her rice and she sees in her dreams why they have no children. If it is because Ghawang is angry then Limia comes to their house and kills a chicken by hitting its head at the house post, it is not necessary that blood flows. Limia says, "Ghawang give children". (194) Limia gets for her service either a dao or one rupee.