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: Nkam-ngi festival or ritual to protect village
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 Nkam-ngi festival falls at the end of October or early November. It includes a feast in each hangseoki for the male members of the kienga, the surplus being taken home for the women and children, and, since the dry and cold weather is beginning, there is also a ceremony to protect the village from damage by fire. Holy days continue at intervals for nearly a fortnight, and with the feast form a welcome rest-period in the intense activity of the harvest.