The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: the forest spirit and water spirit
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.4.1937
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
seealso: (See p. 126 [Notebook 12] ).
text: I also made closer enquiries about the forest spirit, Yaniulongba, and about the water spirit Niem-niu. Chinyang is convinced that he has heard the former and even seen the latter. (65) (See notebook 12 p. 123). A sacrifice is made to the water spirit before they go fishing. The human soul, yaha, literally shadow, is considered to be invisible and not affected by physical death.