The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: land of the dead, deities of Angs of Zu-nyu
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Zu-nyu
date: 31.7.1936
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: The dead go to the valley of Assam and then (154) to the land of the dead, Lombu, which is under the earth. There they meet Ta-yoi-ba and Ta-yoi-nu (compare to Oting 29th July). Captured heads are taken to the Wang-ham-ba morung. The 'wang-shu-ba' from the clan Wang-shu, functions at village gennas (compare to Oting). Then there also is a separate clan, Ja-zem-ba, of men who are active at gennas. I am not sure of the relationship to Ja-zem-ba - forgot to ask. Maybe they are identical. The Ang does his personal gennas himself. Apart from his women and children no one else lives with the Ang in his house. The name of the sky deity is Ha-a-yang. Another deity, Hashiyowan, lives below the earth. The sex is uncertain. A genna is done for Hashiyowan during the O-ya-bu feast (Ou-ling-bu).