The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: agricultural ritual
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.10.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (163) Wakching 20/10/1936
text: The Pung-wem-bu is held on the third day of the month Shou-bau-li. In the evening the house-holders kill pigs or chickens in their granaries: [konyak]. A little of the blood is smeared on some leaves, which are fastened to the post of the granary and to those on the carrying baskets and pots. Then the chicken is taken to the house and eaten there. Neither this nor the next day is genna. The Pung-wem-bu (164) seems to be a rather individual ceremony as some people do it a day sooner, others a day later.
text: (In Tamlu all do it on the same evening, there is a genna for fieldwork and the roads are cleared).
text: The pot to which leaves are fastened is that in which the Wem-dzong rice is kept in the granary.