The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Eight. The Harvest
caption: ceremonial of the first sowing
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: The first sowing is a ceremonial sowing, a solemn act performed by a descendant of the village-founder on behalf of the whole village. He sacrifices a chicken on one of his fields and addresses the sky-god Gawang: "Let there be many blossoms this year; be gracious, O Gawang. Give us rice, give us millet, O Gawang." Then he throws out the rice, murmuring, "May my rice sprout first. Shut the beaks of the birds, bind the mouths of the rats and mice. May the crops prosper."