The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: punishment of crimes by the gods
medium: diaries
date: 21.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.2.1937-31.3.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: I now followed along this line (42) and Yongang explained to me that Ghawang punishes other actions as well. Whoever steals his neighbour's rice or animals, is unjust and cruel towards others, hits them during an argument or gives false testimony, has to expect Ghawang's punishment. As an example of the latter instance, Yongang gave me the possibility of a man who unjustly accuses someone else in front of the dobashis and the S.D.O., that is a classic case of "false testimony". I took special care during this conversation not to put words into Yongang's mouth which he would not have thought of himself.