The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf Naga diary on his return to Nagaland, 1970

caption: making fire
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Zemi
location: Laisong
date: 17.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: As we sat in the morung I noticed some implements stuck into the rafters of the very high roof, and inaccessible except by a ladder. I was told that they were used to produce fire ceremoniously. Deusuba agreed to show me how fire could be produced by 'sawing', i.e. by pulling the cane sliver rapidly through the groove of a split stick. Soon the woodshavings placed near the split catch fire and this is nursed by blowing.