The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: deities and their work; thunder and lightning
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 26.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Yangwum-ounin = a big bird out of which, according to another tradition, all men came.
text: Gha-wang-ba lives in the sky, - he is male.
text: Ga-shi(nyu), deity of earth, is female.
text: They are husband and wife, they take care of men, and see the good and the bad. When men fight each other they say Gha. and Gashi see you (79) and if you say a lie they will beat you and you shall die.
text: Gha. made the sky
text: Gashi made the earth
text: Gha-wang-ba makes the thunder and lightning. If the lightning strikes a tree, the owner of the land kills a chicken at that tree and says: "I am giving this offering, don't give me trouble again, don't kill me, don't kill the children who come near this tree". (Wang Ton bu = name of the genna. If anybody goes near the tree he falls ill.)