The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: fear of bad death and corpse of Medzong
medium: diaries
person: Medzong
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 4.6.1937
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: Today I passed the house of Medzong who had died a bad death (see page 164) and saw that there was a little frame set up with some of his possessions as is done for others who have died as well. In a few days his head will be separated from the body and the whole village will hold a genna on that day. The head is then buried separately and the usual offering will be made at the annual celebrations. The fear of a bad death is much less pronounced here than it is in Namsang and among the Ao.