The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook four

caption: notes from Mr Lambert's survey tour diary of 1935
caption: human sacrifice in Burma
medium: notes
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 14.8.1936-5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
note: [konyak] means text omitted
text: (105) Notes from Mr Lambert's survey tour diary.
text: Hkalak (Burma)
text: Human sacrifice:
text: The story goes that in the old days the Rangpangs had always sacrificed a monkey to the spirits for good crops or to cure a bad illness. One day then they had sacrificed in the usual way a voice came from the sky and asked what was the use of a monkey. At the same time a human hand fell at the feet of those performing the sacrifice and the priests interpreted the omen to mean (106) that the spirits would not be satisfied with any thing less than a human body. From this time forward they have always sacrificed a human being but they say that they hate the custom as much as anybody else. For that reason have always tried to get as useless a person as possible as a victim.