The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook twelve

caption: a jungle spirit
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.3.1937-27.4.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (123) (cf. NB 3 p. 89). Yaniulongba (or Ning-wang) - a jungle spirit, who laughs and shouts like a man. When people see a hole in the ground they say it is Yaniulongba's house. Chinyang GB. heard Yaniulongba this year in the jungle, but couldn't see him. He became very afraid and ran home. There is a place, Ning-wang-yo, on Balang land, where one can see Yaniulongba. Yongna (Metahu, Balang) who was Dak-wola, met (124) Yaniulongba on that spot. Yaniulongba menaced him with a spear with goat's hair and a dao with goat's hair. He is very tall, like an enormous man. Yongna fled and died two days later.