The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: shamans and land of dead
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 29.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (124) Shamans: Ahiba - male; Ahi-nu - female.
text: They go to the land of the dead during their sleep. If a man is ill an Ahiba or an Ahi-nu comes, goes to sleep and sees in his dreams from which place the sick man has got the illness, and where a sacrifice should be made. Moreover they suck out stones etc. from the body.
text: They have no special dress, but a drinking cup which is different from that of other people.