The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: taking of oaths in dispute
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 1.8.1936
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: From each side a man went with the dobashis to a tree trunk near the bungalow which had been struck by lightning, spoke the oath while his hand touched the tree, and then bit into the tree. The oath of the Wanching man said approximately "We went to Chi to see the dead man. Totok fired shots. Gha-wang you can see it all. May you strike me down if I tell a lie". After this oath both parties were quite content.