The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: burial of dead
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang
date: 20.3.1937
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: In Namsang too it is now the custom to bury the dead. It is true that once there was a Government suggestion made in this respect but no other village paid any attention to it. One grave is very close to the houses. It is fenced in and a protective roof of palm leaves has been set up immediately above the ground. After about a month the head is dug up and cleaned. It is then kept in the house until the final burial.