The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: ritual officials
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 15.10.1936
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 is one Ben-ba of Lukyem clan and Lamun morung. The Benba acts at funerals and makes gennas for sick men. When the Ang house or a morung is rebuilt he kills the animals.
text: The Yemba (of Lukyem clan) - his personal name is at present Ya-o - builds first his own field house. The day, Kam-kei-wang-bu, is genna for the whole village. The Yemba does also the first sowing but on the fields of the Ang. This day, Li-tam-bu, is (139) genna too. The next day all people build their field houses. The Yemba does the first reaping on the fields of the Ang. This day is called Bho-tak-wang-bu and is genna. He kills a chicken on the field and then cuts a little rice, which he brings to the house of the Ang. Here he fastens the rice on one special post.
text: There is a Dinglet, but he is not of one special clan, but the oldest man of the Ang's morung announces the work on the Ang's fields.