The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook seven

caption: agricultural rituals
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan
date: 29.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.9.1936-21.3.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (56) Gennas:
text: Moniu - after all the rice is sown.
text: Long-shik-mo - for the protection of the crops from insects.
text: Monie - some rice, some millet and some taro is brought to the genna place of the morung and put on a small platform within a fence.
text: Nekyong - all men kill in the evening within their houses chickens. Nobody, not even strangers, may leave the village. The next day is genna. (Nek = rice, yong = stone). Every household [has] a round black stone which no stranger (57) should see. It is put into a rice pot and remains there the whole day. Nek-yong is one month before harvest. Lirham - (li = rice seed) is done after having brought in all the rice. All people kill chickens in their house and the next day is genna.
text: Pang-mo - is held after all the houses have been built (that is done in one month). Five days are spent with killing pigs, cows and buffaloes and eating them. No work is done during that time. The sixth day is still strict genna and (58) on the seventh day all men go hunting.