The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: beliefs about the human soul
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 21.4.1937
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 Notebook 12 p. 136).
text: (67) Wakching 21/4/1937
text: In the morning Dzingben dictated a story to me about the moon, and two songs (see Notebook 12 p. 128). That is a tedious task and takes much time. Later I touched on the question of the human soul again. It is called 'ya-ha' (shadow) and under certain circumstance it can leave the human body. Sometimes one of the gashis which lurk in jungle and fields captures a man's soul and then he gets sick and a sacrifice has to be made. The air is inhabited by Yong-was which also are hostile towards humans. The concepts about these Yong was are rather vague. Sometimes they are evoked together with Ghawang.