The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: widows and re-marriage
medium: diaries
person: Duk-ta/ of Wakching
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
seealso: notebook 2 p.76
text: After the widow has deposited her husband's skull in the stone box she is free to marry again. A widow can only stay in the house of her deceased husband if she had a son with him, otherwise she has to move to her parents, even if she has daughters. Directly next to the dead man's house a frame was put up which was the exact replica of the construction put up when a head is brought home. Pieces of roots represent the limbs of killed enemies. (136) Duk-ta himself had not captured a head but he had assisted at the killing of enemies. A basket with bamboo fibres represents the basket in which the captured head was brought home. (SKETCH