The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript 'Village Organization Among the Central Nzemi Nagas', M.A. thesis by Ursula Betts

caption: Chapter five: land tenure and agriculture
caption: the agricultural system
caption: days of ritual and feasting during the harvest period
medium: theses
ethnicgroup: Nzemi
person: Betts/ U.V.
date: 1950
refnum: M.A. thesis, University College, London
note: footnotes indicated by boxes within square brackets
text: The long spell of work on the harvest is broken by other festivals, that of Nkam-ngi in November and Nsing-ngi in November. Like Pokpat-ngi, these provide days of ritual and days of feasting interspersed by days of normal work in the fields. The harvest ends, and the last of the rice is carried (114) in and stored, in the early part of December; and, as soon as the necessary preparations have been made, the old year is concluded by the separation of the dead from the living and the new year begins with the feast of Hga-ngi.