The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: field house and weeding, sacrifice
medium: notes
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 24.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (123) In Shankok's field house:
text: It is raining when we arrive, but the girls of his younger sister's gang, two Angban boys and the gang of Chinyang, are working in the field. They are doing the second weeding. In the field house are Shankok's wife Shongna and her little daughter. In a big iron pot taro is boiling - fairly big pieces are boiling in much water. Shankok takes the chicken he had brought, makes a cut into its beak and swings it first against the Wemdzong, then against the (124) two posts of the house. Then he turns its neck, takes the guts out, sees the omen (it is not good) and then plucks and cleans the chicken.