The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: journey to Chingphoi , food offerings to skulls
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wanching
date: 4.5.1937
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: Around half past eight I started accompanied by Metlou and Yongem. The sun had already come out between the clouds and even before we reached Chingphoi the sky had been swept clear. On the way to the lower khel we heard the typical sound of mourning wails coming from the skull place. A woman was bringing food offerings (125) to her deceased father, husband or son, as it is customary at the Oulingbu, and in a wailing tone she asked them to eat. Some of the skull urns are still covered with cone-shaped wrappings of bamboo and palm leaves, others are standing open and the bleached skulls peak out of them