The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook ten

caption: rituals and genna days
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Hungphoi
date: 25.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.2.1937-11.4.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Gangphumlet -
text: Gangphumbu - every householder goes to his fields and feeds the post of the fieldhouse with madhu and rice. Rich men kill chickens. They invoke Hayang and ask for good crops.
text: (13) Phungandaklet - Phungandakbu (new rice) - the women go to the fields and fetch a
text: few millet plants and feed the hearth stones with these plants and say: [konyak].
text: Phungmeidaklet -
text: Phungmeidakbu is a genna and two days. Of every house the senior woman (or if there is none the householder) goes to the fields and does the ceremonial first reaping of the millet. The next day is genna, and then the general millet harvest begins. (14) Shaupitlet (field clearing month) - there is no genna in this month.
text: Shauyalet (field work pause month) there is little work on the fields.
text: Hapongdaklet -
text: Hapongdakbu - a genna of two days. Of every household the senior woman goes to the fields and does the ceremonial first reaping of the rice. With the rice she feeds the hearth stones. Hadzulet (rice cutting month) the month of general harvest.
text: (15) Laurhinlet -
text: Laurhinbu - a genna of one day. The Ang and the Lukba (=Gimba) go to the fields and say: [konyak]. Then they come back and beat the drum in the Ang's house, then the men beat the morung drums. This genna marks the end of the rice harvest.
text: Lodulet (palm-leaves cutting month) - the palm leaves are cut for house building.
text: (16) Him-ding-let (house building month).
text: Nak-let (boy's initiation month) the boys enter the morung.
text: Let-wa (month of no work) - this was the last month (January - February).