The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: the Ouliengbu or spring festival
caption: attitudes to death
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 24.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (83) Chinyang speaks about his death in no way differently than he does about work he will do in his fields, or about a feast which will be celebrated in the village. Grief or sentimental emotion are only expressed about the death of relatives, never about one's own as that is considered to be inevitable and natural, and it is not feared in the same way as among civilised societies.