The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: funeral of Weikok , dead of leprosy
medium: diaries
person: Weikok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 21.5.1937
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: (173) Wakching 22/5/1937
text: Last night Weikok died, an old Khoknok man who had had leprosy for years. For this reason the funeral was different from the usual burial and fewer people participated in the funeral procession. It was noticeable that Bala people were among them, sons of his father's sister. (For all further information see Notebook 14 p. 98 following). The body was wrapped in a mat which had been tied to a single strong bamboo. In this way the old men of the morung carried him out of the house where he had lived with his brother's son.