The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook ten

caption: the Oyabanu ceremony
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: (49) At the Oyayanu the old Ang men make a ceremony in the long hall of the Ang house, neither the young Ang nor any Ben men may listen to it. In the evening the old men (Ang and Ben) stand near the bamboo in front of the Ang's house and say: [konyak] "We are the greatest on the earth, bamboo, when we kill an elephant we give one leg to the great Angs on the east. (50) Give us enemies heads, we say, from the heaven (we ask it), bamboo. Oh, bamboo, an elephant we killed, call the Lonkang clan (a Ben clan of Oting) and the Doanio clan (a clan who has died out). For we do not know how to make the Yam-hi-yang ceremony (the present genna). Bamboo, what did you do with the Yu people, the Nian people (the Konyaks to the north-east?). With shields we fought. (51) Bamboo, like a salt spring (?). With shields and panji quivers. Like jungle plants in the hot weather that bar all ways, so we would defend the village in such numbers that no enemy can penetrate through them.