The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: millet reaping ceremony
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
seealso: notebook 3 p.97ff
text: In Dzangha-li the millet is reaped. On the day a man starts the reaping he takes a chicken to the fields and kills it there. (cf. NB. 3. p. 97ff.) This ceremony is called shi-shou-wang-bu. This day a man who has done the shi-shou-wang-bu must give nothing out of his house except to men of his clan and even then he takes at the same time some leaves from them. When he gives with the right hand he takes the leaves (which are quite useless) with the left.