The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: food taboos in Shiong, were-tigers and land of the dead
medium: diaries
person: Wangshok/ of Shiong
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Shiong
date: 12.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
seealso: notebook 4,p.69ff
text: Then the brother of the Shiong Ang, Wangshok, came to the bungalow. I could work with him for some time. (notebook 4 p. 69 following). The food prohibitions of Shiong are similar to those of Wakching but women have no prejudice against pork. All men and women can eat the victim of a tiger with the exception of those in the Ang clan. That is because in their dreams the Angs are tigers like the hiba. Whether they all are real were-tigers I could not determine, but I doubt it. Wangshok also sees the land of the dead in his dreams. He talked of many Ghawangs which are brown like Naga.