The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook seven

caption: were-tigers
medium: notes
person: Lem-ang/ of Kongan
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan
date: 23.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.9.1936-21.3.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (12) Lem-ang is a were-tiger. His tiger is not of the ordinary kind. He doesn't kill men. In his youth he killed animals, now other tigers come and feed him. Lem-ang goes in his dreams once a month far to the east to a pond and there eats the mud together with his tiger. Even at night he goes about as a man but his tigers (he has at present 11, he had 20) follow him or go before him. (13) Lem-ang sees in his dreams also the Land of the Dead. It is like the earth, but somewhat better. People sow and reap and marry, but they are happier than the living people.
text: He also sees Ghagang. There is only one Great Ghagang in the sky, but there are many small Ghagangs in the earth. Thrice a year Ghagang comes to the earth, once at the great spring festival, and then the small Ghagangs give his salaam. 1. Wang-tu. 2. Oulingshou. 3. Wok-li. (14) When Ghagang comes down with his wife, he climbs down on ropes and they sit on a seat suspended in the air on these ropes. He has a very big head and a long pointed nose. They both have long hair till to the ground, and Ghagang has a beard. They are white like Sahibs and their hair is light. He is dressed as a Sahib and his wife in black. When Ghagang talks to Lem-ang he is lucky, if not he will have some trouble.