The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: dreams , sexual and otherwise
medium: diaries
person: ShankokYongem
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 26.3.1937
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: Shankok immediately came out with the news (234) that last night he had dreamt of a love affair with a Bala girl. He thought it was very funny when I told him that sahibs too are not immune against such dreams. Furthermore he told me that sometimes he dreams that he is going off to war to fight. One dream which is often recurring is that a man cuts off his leg with a knife above the knee. This however does not really hurt him.
text: Yongem too has warrior dreams. Once he dreamed that he was fighting on Totok territory against Chen people. He himself received a cut in his shoulder but he split the skull of an enemy and cut off his head when he woke up. Shankok told in addition that he had had a peculiar dream three days before I returned from the Pangsha excursion. He was dreaming that many Wakching people were running along the Bala path towards Wanching, some wearing headdresses, others not. They were excited and were shouting all together. But he could not discover what was going on. Three days later I returned to Wakching with the heads (235) and the dream image he had seen become true. When he had had the dream he neither knew that I was bringing any heads, nor that Pangsha people had been killed or when I was coming back.