The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: bad dreams, lucky dreams
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (67) Wakching 19/5/1937
text: Bad dreams: to be chased by anybody (illness may follow); a quarrel with another man.
text: Lucky dreams: to meet a man and have a friendly talk with him and exchange betel; to kill any game.
text: If a man dreams of killing a snake, he will be fined.
text: If a man dreams of taking a head, he will be lucky in hunting.
text: (68) The "great houses" pay finds for the "small houses", if the latter can't pay. But if a "great house" is fined and can't pay, all the small houses contribute and pay the fine.
text: If a man dreams of carrying gave (a deer etc.), or a pig, a man of his morung will die (ie. be carried).
text: If a pregnant woman dreams about catching a bird or killing a tiger, she will have a son. If she dreams about a (69) porcupine she will have a daughter. When Hamliu's wife was pregnant he dreamt about catching a bird, the child was a son.
text: If a man dreams about the death of another, somebody will die.
text: If a man dreams about a fire in the village, there will be fine and dry weather.