The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: myth of brothers ; making of iron daos
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang
date: 20.3.1937
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: In Namsang I also heard the myth I had known from Kongan about the two brothers, Dzelok and Naumang, who made the Naga Hills and the plains. The people of Namsang are the only Konyak who admit that they have not always had daos and iron spears. They say that the people of Wakching and Wanching learned how to forge iron from men of Assam who used to come into their villages frequently. There is no smith now in Namsang but it is no way genna to make daos.