The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: rain making
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tamlu Wakching
date: 28.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (13) Rain making.
text: There is no real ceremony for rain making in Tamlu, only the morung boys make bull-roarers of bamboo and swing them. Then there will be a similar noise in the sky, it will thunder and rain.
text: In Wakching the boys catch a crab and hang it just above the surface of the water. Then it will rain. There is no ceremony to stop rain. For making rain the Wakching boys whirl bull-roarers made of flat wood.