The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: rituals at cutting jungle and preparing new fields
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 21.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (86) Inf. Shankok
text: In Wang-tu-li the jungle is cut (Wang-tu-bu = to cut the jungle). Before that in Shou-ban-li (on the 5th day) the Niengbas take the omens for the new fields in front of the Ang's house. That day is genna. [konyak]. In Shou-em-li (on the fifth day) the Ang and the Niengbas go to the new fields. On the field of the Ang in the Wendzong. They bring some white (niekshou) eggs and ginger with them and cook all that (87) on the Wendzong. They make a small platform. On its edge they place the shells of the eggs and put some boiled rice on it. This day is called Yim-ou-wok-ni. This day is not a general genna day, but it is unlucky to meet the Niengbas; headache may be the consequence. In the morning of that day Yonglong (Aukh. Niengba) announces the day by shouting: [konyak] "Chicken may come!".
text: (88) In Wantuli the jungle is cut. On the first day a man goes to cut the jungle, he first takes the omen with two pieces of a ginger on a dao in his own house. Then he goes to his new fields and where he wants to build the field house he digs up a little the ground and again takes the same omen. Then he takes some earth and some ginger between his fingers. He blows over them in two directions. In doing this he says: [konyak]. This day is called Wang-teu-bu, it is not genna. If the ceremony with the ginger is not done, people will cut themselves with their daos.