The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: mentally disturbed wanderer, gods protect
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 11.3.1937
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: Yesterday the Wakching boys found a young woman from the plains along the path who obviously was mentally disturbed and had lost her way in the mountains. They took her to the doctor. I said that it was her fortune that she had not gone unnoticed across the border as there she would have lost her head, and here too this would have happened in the old days, but Dzemang denied this. It always had been considered a sin against Ghawang to kill harmless wanderers and the man who did so would not get old as Ghawang would have become angry with him and would have let him die soon. I see more and more that the belief in Ghawang does have a considerable influence on the life of these people.