The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: forked posts and mithan sacrifices
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 13.10.1936
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: There are rough forked posts. These are erected by those men who kill mithans or buffaloes at the time of a great genna, not if they kill a mithan for curing an illness. On the same day the mithan is killed the owner erects the post and feasts his clan. (112) When he erects the post he says: [konyak] "more may come out". He pours madhu on the post and smears some of the blood of the mithan on it. The sacrifice of a mithan does not give the privilege to wear special dress.