The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: a bad death and memorial
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang Sumniching
date: 17.3.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.2.1937-31.3.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: By about three o'clock I started off towards Namsang Sumniching where I arrived around half past four after a very hot and, towards the end, steeply inclining march. In front of the well kept village gate I noticed that a whole collection of daos, axes, cloth and jewellery were placed on a tree and onto small sticks. (185) Here too two days ago a bad death had occurred. The young men had gone out to fell trees and one young man had been hit by a falling tree. Thereupon the older boys threw away at the village gate all they had with them, even their lengtas. The corpse however was buried without further ceremony right then and there. The head will not be dug up as is usually the case to be brought into the village for some time.