The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook seven

caption: dangerous spirits; creation of the earth
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan
date: 25.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.9.1936-21.3.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: They say Ghagang is like a Brahmin or a fakir. Ghagang is male, the Gashis are female. (This was stated by several men with great certainty.) (46) Dzelok and Nauman, two brothers, made the earth. The younger brother Nau-man made the plains of Assam. Dzelok made the Naga Hills. Nauman was very quiet and took a lot of trouble in levelling the plains, but Dzelok was impatient and rough and made the hills quite uneven. Dzelok's children and descendants are the Nagas, Nauman's the plains people.