The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: beliefs about forest people, spirits
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 26.8.1936
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: (228) That is how I heard about the belief in forest people who are called 'Man-dzang-tung-long' in Wakching and 'Shiniak Miha' in Tamlu. The latter means 'without parents'. They are small, like dwarfs, and their feet go backwards ie. their heel is in front, the toes behind. One can sometimes see their small footprints in the forest. The schoolmaster himself claims to have seen these and heard them laugh, but any person who actually sees them has to die. They follow the tracks of elephants and tigers and wild pigs are their domestic animals. Therefore when they hear a hunter approaching they try to drive them away. When a man has killed a wild animal he has to make an incision into its skin otherwise the 'Man-dzang-tung-long' will revive the animal.