The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: funeral rituals in Wakching
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 1.9.1936
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: In Wanching the dead of all clans are placed into wooden coffins. The ritual is the same as in Wakching (247) and the same words are spoken. When a man from the Balang, Bala or Totang morung has died the girls of the Dzing-shi spread leaves and if a Balang girl dies the other Balang girls spread leaves but they are accompanied by the Dzing-shi boys and these also follow the coffin to the funeral. The khel of the Pandzong morung is divided into two sub-khels and when a man from one dies the girls from the others spread the leaves for him. I forgot to ask whether the two sub-khels are exogamous, the morungs are not.