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 seven: village rituals
caption: first-fruits festival, Pokpat-ngi; chase of sacrificial bull
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: This is primarily a period of feasting and enjoyment after the lean months of the summer, of looking forward to the main harvest to come, and of sacrifices to ensure the safety and adequacy of the harvest. Its most notable feature in relation to the village community is the intense rivalry between the kienga displayed in the traditional chase of the sacrificial bull. Although this rivalry appears occasionally at other times during the year [3 [Record T86877]