The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook two

caption: gifts to the dead
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 29.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.6.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (123) When a man dies the oldest woman of the clan enters the house and puts fish, rice and madhu three times into his mouth and says| "Eat this fish and rice, and drink this madhu, this is the last time for you, you will never again get food from us". Then put the food into baskets and hang it down at the grave. Ta-yoi-ba and Ta-yoi-nu ask for presents. When a child dies the parents advise him to approach Ta-yoi-ba and Ta-yoi-nu respectfully, so that they show him the good way.