The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook twelve

caption: a story about the moon
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 21.4.1937
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: (128-129) Wakching 21/4/1937
text: Inf. Dzingben
text: A story about the moon: [konyak] Once upon a time, in the days of our ancestors, the moon was as near as the ceiling (of a house). All men and animals and their children came together and decided to drive away the moon, for the taro leaves could not dry (since the moon was so near). The dog barked, the cock crowed, the pig grunted. Then the men and their children drove away the moon. Then the moon rose higher and higher into the sky. Somebody threw ashes at it. But one gibbon went up into the moon. (130-134) A song: [konyak].