The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: were-tigers
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Zemi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: Were-tigers are known by their pug-marks, which have five toes instead of only four. The old men say there is a spring far away to the east, and whoever drinks it turns into a tiger.
text: Once upon a time a young buck got the worst of it in a quarrel over a girl and out of pique went off to the stream, drank a little, and instantly became a tiger.