The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: rituals of black magic
medium: diaries
person: Me-dzou/ of Wakching
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 13.9.1936
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
text: In the afternoon comes the Balang gaonbura, Me-dzou. Again I ask about harmful magic and soon realize that I was not wrong yesterday when I thought that Chinyang knew more than he was saying. Indeed there exists a ritual for black magic which is of noticeable clarity. A man who wants to bring sickness or death to someone else, be it in an enemy village or in one's own, makes a little wooden figure and while he speaks the name of the victim together with some good wishes, he cuts off the head of the figure. This occurs secretly at night in his house and the statue is secretly buried in the village.