The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: war magic
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
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 6,p.91ff
text: In the times of war magic was performed with a chicken egg. The Neang-bas hold an egg in their hands, make a small hole into the top, warm the egg over a fire and watch for the direction into which the egg white flows out. That indicates the outcome so that they say "maybe enemies be blind and deaf". (notebook 6 p. 91). Chinyang insisted firmly that they knew no other black magic like the Aos, but that the people of Chi and Mon know something about such matters. However I sensed that Chinyang knew more than he was saying.