The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook twelve

caption: various rituals and gennas
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 27.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.3.1937-27.4.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Nokyongrhamba - one day genna for the whole village. In the afternoon the men go to the jungle and fetch genna leaves - a kind of leaf which is blackish on top and white below. Each householder then kills a chicken near the housepost over a pot for rice in which he keeps the magical stones. He sprinkles the blood on the post, the pot and the stones. Then some of the intestines and a piece of meat of the chicken are roasted, mixed with rice, tied up in leaves and fastened to the post - for the spirits of fortune (Hala). [konyak] "The spirits of Namsang may come".
text: Lirhemba - 2 days genna. Nobody may leave the village - strangers may enter, but not leave it during this genna. Chicken and pigs, cows and mithan, but no buffaloes, are sacrificed for the rice spirits.
text: Uwokba - one day genna. The two Bangbushem of the two khels take the omens, each in own house, as to where the new fields should be made. The old men of his khel assemble in his house each bringing one chicken. They cook the chickens all in one pot and eat them together. One Bhangbushem is at present of Bhumlonghu clan. Lemang is the Bh. of the lower khel. When he dies an old man follows him, not necessarily of his clan, but of one of the clans which founded the village.
text: Bhangmoba (or Bhangongba) - a genna of six days when the Shamrhelim month dies. The first day all men kill mithan, buffaloes, cows, pigs, chicken. This is the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. (approx. Nov. - December).