The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook seven

caption: funeral customs
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kongan
date: 23.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.9.1936-21.3.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (10) Funeral customs:
text: The young men of the morung cut the tree for the coffin and carve the coffin with one or two hornbill heads or 5 for an Ang. The young men of the morung give 'pan' leaves to the dead man, and the girls to a woman. The young men beat the drum for a man and blow buffalo horns. The clanswomen of the dead person give him or her food and madhu. The middle aged men of the morung (about 5 or 6) carry the coffin. (11) When the body is rotten, the relatives of the dead man (the men of his house) go and see if the head is rotted off. Then they take it into the house and one pig or one cow is killed. Then women of the dead man's house - also his wife - paint designs on the skull with the sap of a tree which is black, and with lime. Then the skull is put in a stone cist.
text: Every clan has a special place for the skull and a woman is buried at her husband's place. At the Mo-ba (com. to Oulingbu) one hind-leg of a pig or cow is given to the dead man. No food is given to him at other times.