The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: land of the dead and gifts to the dead
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 26.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: The land of the dead - Yimpu.
text: A dead man meets on his way all men and animals he has killed and they fight with him, but he conquers them and they go with him.
text: (65) All kinds of food is put into the coffin and the people say to the dead: Give all to your friends you meet on the way this as present.
text: If a child died the parents give him some sugar-cane, some salt, some bananas, all sorts of sweet things, - in his coffin. And they say: Give this to another mother you meet on the way and drink from her.
text: The children go the same way as the adult.