The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook eight

caption: ritual before rice planting
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 23.2.1937
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: (183) Longkhai 23/2/1937
text: Yesterday a high bamboo was erected in front of the Ang's house. Ghei-hie, the Ouba (= Yemba) (cf. p. 168) tied leaves to that post. Then he puts two leaves to the ground and puts some pounded ginger mixed with salt and rice on these leaves. This is for Hayang. Then he fills rice beer in a leaf cup and pours this on the leaves at the post saying: [konyak]. "From everywhere O-ya-bu may remain, rice seed well may grow, red rice, millet, come, come! White rice, sticky rice, come". (184) When the clan eldest killed the pig yesterday they said: [konyak] "Game, enemies may come. Pangsha, rich men, chiefs may come. I to kill them come together".