The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: female shamans, curing disease; special curer of dysentery
medium: diaries
person: Limia/ of WakchingDzinggeam/ of Wakching
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
seealso: notebook 3, pp.175,180,181,182
text: There is a female shaman called Limia in Wakching who comes from the village Yongwang which is deserted now. Supposedly she also is a were-tiger but there is less evidence in her case. Only when three years ago a man was killed by a tiger she said "I have eaten him". Then the men threatened to kill her and destroy her house and since then nothing more has happened. (notebook 3 p. 175 & 180). Limia is called in for the cure of many illnesses as well as making the sacrifice for Ghawang in the case of childlessness yet she does not step into action for dysentery but the Yak-weng-ban-ba does that. This office which is hereditary is presently filled by Dzinggeam of the Yan-lem-ba clan. This clan, the only representatives of which at the moment are Dzinggeam, his younger brother and their children, has a certain connection to the Ang-nok-phong clan but is Ben itself. Dzinggeam is not a shaman. He also stains the ends of coffins red which is considered to be a dangerous business. (notebook 3 p. 181, 182).