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: death in Kuturr
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Yimchungr
location: Kuthurr (Kuturr) Helipong Yamrup Chimongre
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 16:9
text: Kuturr - Yimchungr.
text: Death - a man is buried in shallow grave inside his house - the earth heaped up over it - stamped down - a great fire lit - 'to clean the bones' - at the harvest festival (Dec.) disintered - the skull cleaned - wrapped in cloth - pig killed - replaced in the grave ( this custom of disinterment is modelled on Chang practice and exists only in Kuturr, Helipong, Yamrup and Chimongre apart from pure Chang villages) - outside the house a reredos of bamboo - slanted poles - basket balls - enemies he speared - gourds - heads he took - rows of panji baskets and panjis - bamboo chungas - the warrior's equipment.