The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook ten

caption: magic for counteracting black magic
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 3.3.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.2.1937-11.4.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Magic for counteracting the black magic of other people, that is believed to have made a man fall ill: He buys a goat, a duck, a pigeon and chickens. He makes a wooden figure of the wood of a special tree ("shut") which is neither used as fire wood nor (54) for house building. Then the Benba kills these animals on top of the figure and says: [konyak]. Then the Benba eats rice and throws a little aside and says: [konyak] "The man who talks about me, eat! swallow!" (55) On ordinary days when a man eats rice, he throws a bit aside and says: [konyak]. When people eat while hunting they say: [konyak]. (56) Chingai is much amused at the idea of love magic. "If the girl doesn't want, it wouldn't help to kill three or four hundred mithan".