The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: end of harvest rituals and taboos
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 1.10.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (157) Wakching 2/10/1936
text: Informant: Shankok
text: End of harvest:
text: Every man cuts last of all the red rice (Wem-dzong) grown on a small spot in one of his fields. This is cut by the house-holder and his wife. His wife threshes the rice (by treading on it). On this day the house is genna for people from other villages. Moreover nothing can be taken out of the house, not even fire or water may be given away. No chicken must be eaten. When cutting the last of rice the householder spits (158) on it and says: "Phu, gugu" - the meaning of these words are not known.
text: At the Ou-nie-bu the clan eldest pounds a little of this rice (Wem-dzong) and puts it into the leaves which are fastened to the posts of the door. This rice is kept in a special pot in the granary and only men may eat of it, for women (especially girls) may leave the house and go to their husband's house and the rice would go with them. The spot with the Wem-dzong is sown last of all fields. This (159) day is in the same way genna as the day of cutting the Wem-dzong.