The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: grave effigies
medium: notes
keywords: bihucist
location: Wanching
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 9:15
text: Wanching. Grave effigies made in pairs for all male morung members. On the Wakching pattern but not for any girl or woman 'so that his name may remain'. The skull is taken from the corpse a month or more after death, same for men and women. Taken to the house - fed and then put in a cist (the same day) by the corpse. The skull is fed (at the grave) for 3 Bihus after that. 'Every man has 2 souls. One goes to Yimpu the day he dies. The other lingers in the house. When the skull is brought in, washed, fed and taken to its pot, the second soul leaves the village and joins the first in Yimpu'.