The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: magic for illness
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (136) Magic made for pains. With some grass the hurting part of the body is stroked. [konyak] (137) "Ghawang, splinters from tree struck by lightning, we may have touched, your name is known, your mother and your father call you". (The splinters are taken as Ghawang's sons, as they were made by the lightning.) For all sorts of acute pain (eg. rheumatism) the following genna is made:
text: The owner of the land on which the sick man thinks to have attracted the (138) illness kills a cock and without cooking it he gives the head, wings and feet, and the intestines, moreover ginger, salt and chillies to Ghawang. The head is stuck on a panji and faces the sky. Then he bows eight times counting three times up to six. Beside the owner, 2 or 5 other men are present, and then eat the chicken. They all must eat their share. If one would refuse and say: "I don't want to eat this piece", Ghawang would not accept the sacrifice, "For Ghawang sees us every moment, he is near though we can't see him".