The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: ceremony to counter lightning at Shiong
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong
date: 1.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (1) Wakching 1/4/1937
text: Last night we had a heavy thunderstorm with thunder and lightning. In the morning I met Ahon who said that in Shiong lightning struck near the morung and that therefore the entire village was holding a genna today and did not work in the fields. He said I should come to Shiong with him if I wanted to see the ceremony which will be held to exorcise the misfortune brought by the lightning. Of course I did not need to be told twice and soon after 11 o'clock we were marching to Shiong.