The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook ten

caption: founding of Choha; mithan killing
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Choha
date: 10.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.2.1937-11.4.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Choha was founded from Chinkau, only by two clans which are exogamous. Since the one clan is bigger than the other there is always a shortage of possible mates. Therefore they intermarry much with neighbouring villages, as Longmien. (93) In Choha many mithan are kept. Chingyang saw this year during the "Bihu" how they are sacrificed. They are tied to a forked post, the rope running through the fork, and a man kills them with a spear, thrusting it into the heart from behind the shoulder. [konyak].