The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook ten

caption: ritual after burning fields
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 2.3.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.2.1937-11.4.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (41) Oting 2/3/1937
text: The Dzatambu (= Hashambu of Shiong) is held before the Oyabu and after the fields are burnt. It is a genna of two days. The first day all men make the Yimdong on one of their fields, and four men, the Ang, the morung Ang of Longshai, and one other Ang man and the Yemba, make small squares within their Yimdongs. First they lay a foundation of "lai-mei" leaves, then lay a cross-work of wood on top of it, and then impale three small fish and some clumps of white rice on small sticks. (42) No chicken is killed. For Yimdong rice is then sown. It is never mixed with other rice and kept in pots. It is used for ceremonial purposes, as funerals and at gennas, it is never given to other people but eaten only by the owner. The next day is genna. There is no genna for taro. Chingai is quite definite that they have no Doashembu as in Shiong.