The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: lucky dream; memories of head hunting raid
medium: diaries
person: Shopong
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Tanhai
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: In the afternoon came Shopong, the were-tiger of Tanhai. He told me that he had had a lucky dream about me. He dreamed that I had bought two elephant tusks in the plains. It seems that this indicates wealth. In addition he said he himself still experienced as a child the destruction of the great Tanhai by Totok and Leangha. His mother was hiding with him in a ditch. He still remembers well the screams of the Totok men coming in (239) who on that day took no less than seventy heads, but they only captured heads from two morungs. Shopong's morung was spared although many houses were burnt. At the time the Tanhai people fled to Punkhung and some to Wakching and Wanching. They stayed for seven years as they built Tanhai in its present form. The people from Tanhai who now are living in Tamlu had emigrated already earlier, at the time of Shopong's father.