The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook ten

caption: a small agricultural ritual
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 11.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.2.1937-11.4.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (94) Longkhai 11/4/1937
text: Ten days after the great Oyabu ("Bihu") they make a small genna on the fields, also called Oyabu. All people go to their fields and cook rice in six chungas, in each, one sort. No chicken is killed. They eat the rice in the field house and make a small altar outside. A few short thin bamboos are stuck into the ground and madhu in leaf cups is put down at them. Moreover two bamboos with small baskets on the top are erected and the baskets filled with earth. This earth shall symbolize (95) how much rice and millet will be offered to Ghawang. They say: [konyak]. The empty chungas are fastened to the small altar and remain there.