The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: shamans and their methods
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: That is when the shaman has to help (Tamlu - Thibu, Wakching - Hiba, male or Hinin, female). He or she first spreads rice onto the floor of their house and speaks words which no one else understands. Then he falls into a trance, his body goes rigid and his soul travels to the land of the dead where he brings the deceased food, food which his relatives have given the shaman to take along, and he brings the wandering soul back to earth. After awakening the shaman trembles all over.