The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: rituals of forked posts and mithans
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wangla
date: 11.10.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 4.10.1936-23.2.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (84) Near the Ang's morung and his house is a fairly new, small forked post. It was set up at the Oyabu (cf. p. 70) on the day Ashoi-bu after sacrificing a mithan. First the Ang himself carried the forked post from the forest. The mithan is killed either by the Ang or the oldest man of his clan. When he kills the mithan he pours water on its head saying [konyak]. Then he himself erects the forked post and smears a (85) [] of the blood of the mithan on it and pours madhu on it. No words are said in doing this. This post may also be set up after killing a buffalo.