The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter Four. Religious Beliefs and Practices
caption: prayers on all important occasions to Gawang
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York100:3
text: When a men's house was rebuilt, an old man prayed, "Gawang, let the men and boys of this morung be healthy." At the spring festival when the clan elders sacrificed pigs, they prayed to Gawang for ample crops of rice and millet, and before a man went hunting he prayed, "Gawang, give that I may encounter wild boars and wild sows." If the hunter was successful, he cut off a small piece of the slain animal's flesh and threw it into the forest for Gawang with the words, "Give me in future another pig."