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: using bamboos to divine which fields to cultivate
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Tang
date: 6.9.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: In front of the door a small fire was built, and specially prepared pairs of bamboo were held over it. Each pair represented a piece of jhum land, and the way the bamboos split while being held over the fire indicated whether it was suitable for cultivation. If the split was unsatisfactory, the plot of land would not be cultivated this year. The old men present and holding their bamboos over the fire represented sections of the village. Each man was the member of a separate clan.