The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: mithan stories and taboos
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Chingtang (Chintang) Chi Mon Sangnyu (Hangnyu)
date: 28.10.1936
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: There is no real story about the mithan.
text: It is only said that it came out of a big pond. Wakching has never kept mithans and when Chinyang was young they were hardly known around here. Most people were afraid to eat the meat and even today it is considered dangerous to slaughter a mithan. It is the animal of the Angs. Eating its meat can cause leprosy (if one kills a great Ang one also is in danger of getting leprosy). Even today some households, Shankok's for example, do not eat meat of mithan. Chi too supposedly had no mithan formerly. These came from Mon and Hangnyu.