The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: making the carved and ornate coffin at funeral
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 26.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (132) Then I went to the house of the dead person. Loud wailing women's voices could be heard coming from it but the burial still had to wait as the clans-people of the deceased were still in the forest busy with cutting down a tree for the coffin. I came back two hours later and now the hollowed-out tree was lying in front of the house and two men were shaping it into a coffin