The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: cases of suicide
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 1.6.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (175) Wakching 1/6/1937
text: Cases of suicide:
text: Three years ago Wanliem, Ben clan of Wanching, an old woman came from Wanching and stayed for a few days in Wangpo's (Angban 38) house. She was slightly mad and had had a quarrel with her son who lives in Wanching. This is considered as apothia death.
text: Wanie (Nokahokphong, Angban) was first married to Dzingben (Aukh. 9). She had no children and Dzingben divorced her. Then (176) she went back to the Angban but since she had no brother she lived alone and was very poor. Then she hanged herself in her house. (Such a house is left or a purification ceremony is made by killing a dog).
text: Hinkai, a woman of Ben clan, Chi, was one of the Ben wives of Longme, the Ang. She committed adultery with Manie (Dzonok, Bala). Her husband got very angry with her, hit her and cut off her hair. Therefore she hanged herself in his house.
text: (177) In Shiong some years ago a childless old couple, both opium-eaters, committed suicide. Their names were SHOKNE and Lenha. They hanged themselves in their house at the same time.
text: A girl of Chingtang, Shikna, was engaged to a man she did not like, and had a love affair with another boy whom she wanted to marry. But her parents insisted that she should marry her betrothed. She said she would rather die. "Well then die", said they. So she went to the jungle and hanged herself. (178) To hang oneself is the traditional way of committing suicide in the Wakching group; the transfrontier people rather shoot themselves by placing the muzzle on the chest and pulling the trigger with the toes.