The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes on the Zemi Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower

caption: birth
caption: the after-birth
medium: notes
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1939-1946
refnum: Betts papers, ring binder 1
person: Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge
text: In the evening the old woman takes the chunga with the afterbirth and any mat on which the mother may have knelt or lain and goes and throws them away in the jungle. She must be escorted by the child's father or some suitable relative armed with spear and dao, as it is most important that she should not be frightened or alarmed on the way; this might have serious effects on the baby.
text: For five or six days the baby is bathed every day in hot water. The mother also usually baths daily. For five days the baby may not be taken out of the house, but it may not be taken out for the first time during a genna, so that if a genna should be due, it is taken out on the third day, if that falls before the genna, or after the genna is over.