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: Universal Earth-Sky God
medium: books
keywords: GawangZangbau
ethnicgroup: KonyakWanchu
location: Wakching Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York99:2
text: In the language of Wakching the name of this deity is Gawang and in that of the Wanchu village of Niaunu it is Zangbau. Gawang means literally "Earth-Sky" and Zangbau means "Sky-Earth." Although the emphasis is different, both these names reflect the idea of a universal deity comprising or dominating both spheres of the world. To the Konyaks the name Gawang denoted not the spiritual essence of the universe but a deity of highly personal character associated with the sky more than with the earth.