The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: bewitching tigers
medium: notes
person: Namkia
ethnicgroup: Zemi
date: 20.7.1940
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: A man who has lost many cattle or mithan by a tiger will do magic and make the tiger "pagal" so that it does not leave the district, but wanders about roaring, and is easily hunted and (not so easily, presumably! U.V.G.B.) killed.
text: N. suggested that the tiger heard roaring on 20/7/40 was so bewitched; it was alleged to have been near the camp the preceding night, to the unbounded terror of the occupants.