The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: pollution of death washed off ; feeding of the dead
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: (135) There the old men who have touched the dead and carry the coffin now clean their hands with rice husks. The house of the deceased is genna for three days. During this time the relatives of the dead man supply the survivors with food, water and wood. The corpse is offered food as many times per day as he used to have it while living until his skull can be separated from the body, and is then placed into a stone box. After this event they feed him regularly for three years, then only at the 'Ou-ling-pu' ceremony (Spring Festival) the 'Pong-long-pong-lu', during weeding to ensure a good rice harvest and the 'Ou-ui-on', the beginning of harvest.