The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: Ou-nie-bu ceremony; types of rice
medium: notes
person: Yong-mek
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 31.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Ou-nie-bu - in the morning of the first day, the second after full moon, Yongmek and the Ang go to the fields. First Yongmek takes rice from his own field and then the Ang takes from his field. They don't go together, only on the same day. At the fields they take of all the six kinds of rice. (34) These kinds of rice are:
__nek-ngiak_____a_very_sweet,_black_kind,_eaten_and used for madhu
text: (35) There the rice remains one night. After Yong-mek and the Ang have come back they begin with the killing of pigs. There is no genna against the pounding of rice, as in Wanching and Chingtang.
text: It is not genna for Yong-mek to sleep with his wife the night before he goes to bring the rice.
text: Now there is no dancing at Ou-nie-bu, but in the old times when heads were (36) brought in they dance. At Ou-nie-bu they tried very hard to get a head and have consequently a dance, and there was a competition between Aukheang and The-pong to get a head on that day.