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: lying, theft, cruelty, punished by Gawang
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York101:1
text: Konyaks believed that whoever stole his neighbor's rice or domestic animals, who was unjust and cruel, who beat his covillagers in quarrels, or who bore false witness, incurred the wrath of Gawang. If a man told a blatant lie, one of the bystanders might call out, "You are lying, Gawang sees it and will tear your mouth."