The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter Four. Religious Beliefs and Practices
caption: sacrifice and capture of dead personality to help in hunt
medium: books
person: ShoubaShankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York94:3
text: In Wakching I watched an incident which illustrates the nature of the 'mio.' The Thepong morung was being rebuilt, but the people had been pursued by ill-luck in the ritual hunt which formed part of the building ceremonies. They decided therefore to sacrifice a cock on the skull cist of Shouba, the father of Shankok, who had been the richest member of the Thepong and had died that year. They cast a fishing net over the skull cist in order to catch the 'mio' attracted by the sacrifice, and carried the net, believing it held the soul substance, to the morung. When the chase was resumed, an antelope fell to the spears of the hunters and none doubted that this success was due to the beneficial influence exerted by Shouba's 'mio.'