The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: ritual and sacrifice
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 21.2.1937
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: (177) Longkhai 22/2/1937
text: Today is A-shoi-bu (cf. p. 140). It is incorrect that the Benba kills the animals. The oldest man of every clan kills the pigs. Yangpho kills the pig for the Ang. This year, however, the Ang will not sacrifice a pig for himself as he has recently made many offerings on account of his illness. He has sacrificed one pig, three goats and six chicken. The Ang receives one hind-leg of animals sacrificed by individuals, but if several men buy together an animal (178) and share it he receives nothing of it. Very few pigs are killed during the A-shoi-bu in Longkhai. Today altogether only four were sacrificed.