The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: were-tigers , Lemang
medium: diaries
person: Lem-ang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan
date: 23.9.1936
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 his clan, the Pem-long-hu, the ancestor of which built the Lingba morung at the foundation of Kongan, there always is a were-tiger and Lem-ang is convinced that after his death one of his sons will become a were-tiger. However Lem-ang is rather vague concerning his tiger nature. He says as much as that it is no usual tiger. He does not kill humans and since he has become old he does not go out any more. In his youth he hunted animals but now other tigers come and feed him. In his dreams Lem-ang goes once every month towards the east to a pond where he eats mud together with his tiger. It is altogether uncertain whether Lem-ang actually takes on the appearance of a tiger at night or whether he only roams around with a tiger. Other people insist on the former.