The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: evil spirits and shamans
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 16.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (44) [konyak] There are bad places in the jungle where Gashi Ghawangs above; but not the Great Ghawang, as Ch. says. When a man passes by such a place Gashi Ghawang may catch his soul (the one inside him, which goes to Yimbu). (45) The hiba may tell at what place the man (who falls ill) has lost his soul and he takes a chicken or a dog to that place and kills it with the following words: [konyak]. There are many Gashi's at the unlucky places, above all near springs.