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: prayers, incantations, sacrifices on most occasions to Gawang
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York100:2
text: At most cardinal events in the life of a Konyak Gawang was invoked. Innumerable were the prayers and incantations by which he was asked to bestow blessings and success on individuals or on the whole community. As a rule, these were brief and simple. Thus, during the wedding ceremonial, when the bride's father sacrificed a chicken, he said only, "Gawang, look upon us kindly and grant us your favor." A little later a kinsman of the groom asked Gawang to grant the bride long life.