The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook three

caption: were-tigers of Kongan and his powers; shamans
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan
date: 26.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 8.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: In Kongan is a real thibu who is also a were-tiger, Lem-ang, who is also gaonbura (c. p. 144). A time ago the Mohore of Merankong (an Ao) slept at night in the jungle between Tamlu and Namsang. Suddenly they saw a tiger and fired at him without hitting him. The tiger (172) ran away. When they came to Borjan they met Lem-ang and the first thing he said: "Why did you try to shoot me, I hardly could escape?" Lemang always knows in what village and what house illness is and if it is a man or a woman. He goes f.i. as tiger to Tamlu. When he is called to a sick man first his spirit goes to the man and feels on his chest and body where the illness is.