The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: origin of thunder
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Merangkong
date: 19.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Thunder has the following origin. There are two brothers who live in the sky, Maintangsang and Aintangsang. The wind comes through a big hole in the sky and sometimes the brothers try to close it. Then they both run to the hole each carrying a big shield. When they collide with their shields the humans on earth hear the noise as thunder (118) but they never succeed in closing the hole.