The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: envoys from Pangsha describe battle
medium: diaries
person: Mongsen/ of PangshaSangting/ of Pangsha
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Chingmei
date: 29.11.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: One of the three Pangsha men was Mongsen, the leader of the Noktenham khel and best known warrior of the village. He had been the rival of Sangting who we had killed and had had a contest with him about who could capture more heads. With fourteen heads to his credit, Mongsen was only one ahead of his rival and since Sangting's death he is the renowned first warrior of Pangsha. He led the attack against us and said that four bullets narrowly whizzed past him but that he was not injured. The explanation he gives is remarkable. When he had met us on our way to Pangsha together with the other envoys, Mills had said to him "You have come as our herald (lambu). You cannot be killed". The gods heard this and therefore no bullet hit him. It is not impossible that this apparently miraculous effect of Mills' words has contributed to his decision to come to us at Chingmei.