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: Halei-na genna
caption: ninth day. Heliem-na
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Zemi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: 9th day. Heliem-na.
text: The pig is turned loose and caught by the bucks in the morning, and is then taken to the hazoa (Impoi and Asalu) or the lower village path (Laisong), where the tingkhupeo offers it to Tsiuperai and Munsineu, who are the chief givers of rice. He asks for a good crop and that all the rice shown shall sprout well. The pig is then killed; a cut is made in one side above the ribs with a dao and bamboo panji driven into the cut. The pig is turned over and this repeated on the other side.
text: New fire is made with a thong, and the men take fire from it to their own houses, where they build separate hearth and cook and eat apart from the women. The pig is divided up and the men eat the pork. They eat all meals apart from the women that day, and the evening meal the remaining pork is thrown away, and the house cleaned up. The ban on sexual intercourse is removed.
text: No field work is done on this day, but the village is not closed. Strangers, if they are men, may eat the pork.
text: After this genna is over sowing begins in the old jhums. Whoever plants rice may not allow strangers into his house that day, or rats and pigs will eat his crop.