The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton tour diary in the Naga Hills

caption: soul house at Phoakungri
medium: tours
location: Phokhungri (Phoakungri) Shiloi mukh Laruri
date: 6.5.1935
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 21.2.1935-26.3.1935
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 6th. Reassessed Phoakungri. Then to Shiloi mukh, about 5 miles. Outside Phoakungri village just under the cliff I noticed a small soul house. They bury the dead inside the house, but probably at one time either put the skull in a niche in the rocks or pitched the remnants or canoe shaped coffin over the edge of the cliff as Laruri do when they have broken up their dead at the sowing to put the bones in the granary; as in Laruri a pole of first-fruits is set up for the benefit of the dead.