The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-four. The World Beyond
caption: were-tigers
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Sometimes ordinary mortals see the spirits of the wood or the water as they slip by, but only men particularly endowed can see Gawang in their dreams. There are not many Konyaks with this faculty, and I know of only three in the country round Wakching: Lemang of Kongan, Shopong of Tanhai, and the Wakching woman Limnia. They are not only seers and prophets, but were-tigers, for at night they roam the country in the shape of their familiars.