The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: Shopong the were-tiger
medium: diaries
person: Shopong/ of Tanhai
location: Tanhai
date: 4.10.1936
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: The old gaonbura Shopong accompanied me away. He is like Lem-ang of Kongan, a were-tiger, and he confirmed to me that he and the other were-tigers sometimes go to a big water in the south east and there eat the mud of the bank. He showed me very vividly how he walks as a tiger with all the other tigers at his side and behind and in front. When I asked him if he knew where his tiger was right now he said that there were many tigers in all directions. There is no doubt that Shopong himself firmly believes in his own nightly tiger existence and so do the others in Punkhung. A man told me that he himself had seen Shopong in tiger shape.