The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: ceremony to kill worms which eat the rice
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 26.10.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (192) Informant: Medzou.
text: Yong-shu-bu (worms - kill - ceremony) a ceremony to kill the worms who eat the rice made at the end of the month Lingha-li. The Neangba of Balang, Yophong, announces in the whole village: tomorrow we shall kill the worms. [konyak]. Then the people on the next day mix a very hot, small fruit which grows in the village (magat) - like chillies - with water and throw it on their fields. This is meant to kill the worms. The next day is genna. (193) They say in throwing it "Yong-li-do" (worms may die).