The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook seven

caption: forked mithan sacrifice posts
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang
date: 20.3.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.9.1936-21.3.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (119) Namsang 20/3/1937
text: Near the Langdzingban is a forked post fenced in. It was erected when a mithan was sacrificed at the morung building. For buffaloes or cows no forked posts are put up. The mithan was killed in the same way as the buffaloes are (cf. p. 104) by the young men of the Meniubang. When a man sacrifices a mithan or a cow for his own household (to sacrifice a buffalo is genna) it is killed by the young men of his own morung. (120) In the old times the men killed mithan in front of their houses as in Tamlu and then put ornaments on their roofs. Now it is genna to kill a mithan in front of one's house. It is killed outside the village, in the jungle. Cows are killed in front of the houses.