The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Furer-Haimendorf manuscript spiral bound notebook three

caption: sacrifices at village foundation
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kanching
date: 20.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 7.1936-12.1936
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (17) Village foundation:
text: 1 pig, 1 murgi, 1 dog is sacrificed. If the people become/remain poor they may repeat the foundation genna even after 9 or 10 years. 2 clans: Ai-li & Niam. One clan kills the pig and the other clan kills the dog. Before they kill the pig they say: "Ha-gang and Ga-shi keep the village well, keep the people and the (18) children of the village well. If we go hunting give us many pigs, and deer and elephants. Let the crops on the fields be good. All the mithans, cows and pigs keep well. When we go to war, may we kill two or three or more enemies". Then three days are genna. The oldest man in the clan says this. The pig must be stabbed with a panji, the dog and the chicken is killed with the dao. The old men eat the whole pig, and the dog and the chicken. (19) They measure the distance between the hind legs of the pig when it is dead. The first three fingers are for the old men, the next 2 for the young men. If after these five fingers the remaining length is big there will be many deaths in the village. If it is short it is good. If more than five fingers remain the young men will die, if three fingers remain the old men will die.
text: First the morung must be built. It is not necessary that each of the two clans (20) make one morung.
text: Kanching morungs:
text: 1 Ang-bang
text: 2 Kang-ka-bang Ong = Ang. In Tamlu they say "Ong". Kang-ka = the name of the ground on which the morung is built. (21) The boys enter the morung at about ten. The morung had fields. All the boys and men of the morung work on them and the rice is stored in the granary of the morung. This rice is eaten at feasts and for all presents (pigs, chicken etc.) given to strangers, the morung pays with rice the men who provide the pigs. At genna times also the married men sleep in the morung.