The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: coffin and other burial customs, skulls in boxes
medium: diaries
location: Tanhai
date: 4.10.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: The people of the Yan-lem morung are buried in wooden coffins. The coffins of the Ang clan are decorated with five (at the head end) and four (at the feet) hornbill heads. Those of the two Ben clans have three and two heads. The Yan-hai people are buried in coffins (or rather stretchers) of bamboo. The skulls of the dead from the Ang clan are finally put in stone boxes while those of the Ben clans are deposited in earthen pots. Four times a year the skulls are taken out of their containers and are fed. This happens for the Ou-ling-bu, Ling-ha, Pong-long-pong and Ou-nie-bu.