The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook seven

caption: gods of Aos and land of dead
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: KonyakAo
location: Anaki
date: 18.3.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.9.1936-21.3.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: The Aos call the sky deity Meintsungba (=Lunkitsungba) he makes lightning and thunder. Meintsungba is more or less the same as Gagang - he is invoked by men and asked to give them luck and prosperity. (84) The Aos sacrifice every year one dog to Lichaba. The Konyak give a little rice to Gagang whenever they eat rice and say: [konyak]. The lord of the land of the dead is Akongdedangba
text: SKETCH P.85
text: The dead men must pass Akongdedangba, he asks (85) them: "Who were your parents?" If a man has forgotten their names, Akongdedangba kills him and throws him away. After answering the question the dead man gives him a chunga, which is cut in the following way. Such chungas are given to the dead man with fish and meat tied to them. While Akongdedangba tries to drink of either side, the dead man slips through and goes to Yimbu, the village of the dead. Apothia deads go to another place. (86) A head-taker meets on the path to Akongdedangba the men he has killed. He has to fight with them all the way till he reached Akongdedangba. The latter passes judgement on them ("makes a mokedema") and then the killed man must carry the load of the man who has taken his head.