The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: black magic, counter magic spells and rituals
medium: notes
person: Melo/ of Wakching
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 15.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (110) Wakching 15/9/1936
text: Informant: Me-lo (in his house).
text: Words said by old man when killing chicken for counter-magic against the magic which made Melo ill: [konyak] (111) Altogether three chickens are killed for this magic. They are eaten by the old man (clan eldest) who has killed them. The head of one chicken is put up on a panji in the jungle.
text: The figure is stabbed with a panji in the breast, the throat, the mouth, the eyes, the head, the arm pits, the head is not cut off. Then it is burnt together with two of the chicken heads under the path to the village.