The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: a funeral platform and smoking of corpse
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: ChangAo
location: Noksan Longtang Oting
date: 11.12.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (56) Camp Ya (Noksan) 11/12/1936
text: On the way towards Noksan we first passed the village of Longtang which we had seen yesterday. I noticed a funeral platform surrounded by a fence which contained a protective roof covering the platform itself as well as two benches. Underneath the corpse there was a hearth with new ashes. It all reminded me strongly of the burial forms of Oting. Indeed I discovered that the mourners sit on these benches and keep a fire burning underneath the corpse which smokes it. Later the head is buried.