The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook five

caption: ceremonies on bringing in stones, stone dragging
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 25.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 25.8.1936-5.5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: In front of the Balang morung is a big menhir, about 2.5 metres high, surrounded by a sort of palm, higher than the stone and a fence. At the Moi-nik genna offerings are made here.
text: When it was brought in the following ceremonies were performed. The morung people look for the stone in the jungle. Anybody (7) may find it. Then the stone is dragged in. Before the dragging the old men kill chickens at the stone and sprinkle it with their blood. When they do this they say: [konyak] (8) Then the young men drag the stone in. When they come with the stone to the place where it shall be put up, the old men pour some madhu on the stone and say the same words they said before. Then it is put up. Afterwards the young men of the morung (but no women) drink rice beer, but apparently don't dance.