The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes on the Zemi Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower

caption: Le-hera genna: a sickness genna for removing evil spirits from the village
caption: gennas
medium: notes
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1939-1946
refnum: Betts papers, ring binder 1
person: Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge
text: 5th Day: Malap-dei-bi-ngi.
text: In the morning a pig is killed by anyone who cares to afford it. They are generally turned loose and caught by the bucks. The pigs seldom get far, but if one does escape into the jungle surrounding the village, the chase is fast and furious.
text: In a big village where plenty of men are available the mpe wood is often fetched on this day.
text: About midday a man selected for his skill in fire making makes new fire with a stick and thong, and men from each house fetch clean fire and put it on a separate hearth on which they must cook, the women using the old fire.