The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: cicada and cuckoo calls and harvesting
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 16.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (47) Bei-gui-i-lep is a cuckoo (probably hawk cuckoo) which gives the signal for the sowing of rice.
When the lechu (a cicada) calls the millet is ripe.
When the muyak (a cicada) calls the rice is ripe.
Ming-ming-nio-ha, another cicada, calls in the evening.
Kokshang calls when the ears of the millet come out.
text: (48) The boys catch all sorts of cicadas and hold them in their hands to hear them sing, except Muyak, which is rarely seen. If is unlucky to see a muyak.