The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: agricultural rituals and harvesting
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 11.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (84) Wakching.
text: Informant: Dzem-ang.
text: At the beginning of harvest for each field the owner kills one chicken and that day is genna. When all the rice is reaped he kills a chicken on the next field, makes again one day genna, and then reaps this field.
text: For taro there are very few gennas, only on the day when the taro is sown strangers are not admitted to the houses. (85) On the day when the chicken is killed for rice reaping a mat is spread in the fieldhouse. After finishing the reaping of a field the mat is carried to the next or at last home, each of these days are genna.
text: During the harvest every morning one man of each house of a morung goes to the field of one man of that morung and they carry home the dhan. The next day all the people (one of each house) go to the field of another man.
text: (86) In the time of rice-harvest no path must be closed by a genna sign and no man must stand in the door of the fieldhouse touching both door-posts with his hands.
text: The young men thresh the rice in the fieldhouses with their legs.
text: For the beginning of the millet harvest a chicken is killed too for each field.