The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: giving birth
medium: notes
person: Namkia
ethnicgroup: Zemi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: Birth
text: Delivery on a mat spread on the floor. (Query:" Burria aurat pakara, maurat bhi pakara," with gestures of holding shoulders and waist of woman, waist of man).
text: After delivery she is fed on water in which chicken was boiled, also a little meat; this is to hasten her recovery. For a month she must cook her food separately and eat separately from the rest of the family. She must bath herself and the baby thoroughly every day in hot water, or she will get fever. During the month she may not lie with her husband, nor sleep on the same bed. If she is unable to cook for herself, someone may cook for her, but she must eat separately. At the end of the month she must wash herself and all her clothes, and may then and then only eat with her family and sleep on the same bed as her husband.
text: (N.I.)