The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary two

caption: wooden frame like rainbow as a memorial to dead
medium: diaries
location: Kuthurr
date: 19.11.1936
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: In a section between two khels is the funeral memorial of an important man. It consists mostly of two frames placed parallel to each other at a considerable distance each of which carries a wide (about 20-30cm. thick) semi-circle of wood, its diametre I guess to be about 2 metres. This semi-circle is supposed to represent the rainbow but we cannot discover the connection to the beliefs concerning the dead. Apart from these rainbows, bamboo balls are hung up on the frames as head symbols and mithan skulls, while hornbill-shaped posts are set into the ground