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 and the fate of the soul
medium: notes
location: Totok
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 9:17
text: Totok. The Ang of Totok - in pairs - only for big men - 'After death the soul goes to the land of the dead. This land is beyond the village of Aopao. It is under the ground. Life in that land is as it is on earth. The big man is big there. The souls of the dead live as they did on earth. There are villages of the dead. They till their fields. They marry. They take heads'.
text: 'We put up the figures and dress them as they were in their lives. When their families see them their grief is a little less'.
text: - grave figures are all put in a little shed in the cemetery - can be put up in any month - regardless of the crops - (not on a path) -
text: - but if a big man dies when the crops are sprouting. The log drum is not beaten -