The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook seven

caption: Bangmoba ritual continued, at first clearing of forest
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: (121) On the second day of the Bangmoba all the young men of the morung sit down in one row in the front hall, each of them holding two big leaves (lai-mei). Then the oldest man of a particular clan (the Ghiyanghu in the Moniubang) goes from one man to the other and breaks each of the leaves twice and says: [konyak]. (122) If the leaves fold without breaking it is a good sign, if it breaks the young man will not live long.