The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: diviners, shamans and were-tigers
medium: notes
person: Limnia
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 21.5.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (83) Wakching 21/5/1937
text: In Limnia's house:
text: Limnia went in her dream in the shape of a tiger to my country. The way was very long and she had long to search for it. She had not to climb up and down but went through plains. When she arrive all the people were already asleep. She did not enter my house but remained outside. The house was like a bungalow. She saw me and a white woman, beautiful to look at, whom I shall marry. The (84) girl was neither very tall nor very short, but of middle stature. I also will come home safely without meeting any enemies on the way, and find everything well at home. I shall have plenty to eat and will have enough money.
text: At Shauniutang (= Yinyutang) all the tigers of the hibas and hinius come together. They fight a lot with each other. When Limnia's tiger is killed she too will become ill and soon will die. When Limnia and her tiger (85) was young he killed may animals himself and she saw that in her dreams. Now the tiger is old and doesn't kill himself. The young tigers, those of the children for whom she has made ceremonies, come and feed it. She also meets the tigers of Shopong and Lem-ang, also all the Great Angs have tigers as familiars. Her tiger also comes into Wakching, but who ever would see it would soon die. meang = familiars