The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Furer-Haimendorf manuscript spiral bound notebook two

caption: the office of Zevo
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Khonoma
date: 27.6.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-12.1936
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (1) Khonoma 27th [June]
text: Zevo - Kemovo
text: 6 Zevo in Khonoma
text: 3 khel. In every khel two Zevo.
text: Anyone can become.
text: Always the oldest man of a khel is elected. It is not necessary that he is a relative of the late Zevo
_____________(Thevoma)______(Thevoma clan)
text: The Zevo must not leave this village. He can eat everything, except jungle rat, tiger, jungoli. If a domestic animal is wounded by a tiger he can't eat the flesh. (3) Hunters don't give of their game to the Zevo. The Zevo gets nothing from the village. If he goes to a sick man he gets some rice, some madhu and sometimes a chicken. When he goes to a genna he gets meat, rice and madhu. At a feast of merit first the Zevo eats; then he says good words, after him the sacrificer will eat. (4) After the feast the Zevo will leave the house first. All 6 Zevos will go to the house. Formerly sometimes 9 or 10 persons became Zevos. It does not matter whether he is married or not.