The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook ten

caption: ritual before millet sowing
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: (43) Wenyokni is a genna early in March (or end of February according to the weather). In the morning they burn the fields (except those near the river where white rice will be sown) and in the evening they sow the millet. The millet is first sown. About a month later red rice is sown in the same fields. The millet is cut in July, the rice in October. At the Wenyokni all villagers sow the millet. (The Dzatambu is later). When the people come home in the evening they extinguish all fires and light new fires on their hearths. Nowadays the fire is lighted with matches, no (44) words are spoken and anybody may light the fire.