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: soothsayer promises to do dreaming seance
medium: books
person: Limnia/ of Wakching
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Limnia promises to dream for me tonight, but now she says we should leave her alone. Tomorrow morning she will answer my questions. Early next morning Shankok arrives, and tells me with great excitement all he has heard from the neighbours. That Limnia has had a bad night, and is now quite exhausted from the efforts of the long journey to my land. For this reason, we do not go to her house until late in the day; even then she still lies on her bed. A neighbour tells us that soon after our departure Limnia fell into a trance and behaved in such a frightening way that her husband called him to stand by. They had stayed up till the first cockcrow, for they had been afraid that she might die. While we are talking, Limnia gets up; she is indeed a picture of misery, and complains of a violent headache and pain in the legs from the long journey. Then she begins her tale, rather haltingly in a low voice.