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: feast to initiate the rice harvest
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Zemi
location: Kepelo (Kepalo)
date: 19.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: In front of one of the morungs are two crossed posts with the fresh head of a buffalo and a cow or bull. Three days ago there was a festival to initiate the rice-harvest and a buffalo was sacrificed. The village-priest himself killed the animal with a spear.
text: It is maddening to think that I was then already in Laisong without knowing about it. Everybody had (43) said that during the rains there are no feasts or rituals.