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: scepticism about were-tigers
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: When I asked whether the seers really wander about as tigers at night, he answered excitedly: "How can a man become a tiger? Man is of man's clan, tiger of tiger's clan, and pig of pig's clan. Can a pig change itself into a man? No. Then how shall a man change himself into a tiger? That is all lies!" Once, he says, a woman soothsayer warned him to beware of her tiger roaming near the village, and so he took his gun and went to look for the beast. Not so much as a track did he see in the jungle.