The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook seven

caption: funeral, disposing of dead man's head
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang
date: 21.3.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 23.9.1936-21.3.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (130) Namsang 21/3/1937
text: When a dead man's head is finally disposed, after being kept for some months in the house, the old man of the morung, who cuts off the buffalo's tail at the morung gennas, kills a pig or a cow. Then all the dead man's clansmen assemble and wail for a time in the house; they then go in a procession to the burial ground of the clan and put the head into a stone box or a pot. It is covered with a cloth and a stone slab. The old man says (as well in the house as later at the burial place): [konyak].