The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook ten

caption: death ceremonies
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Longkhai
date: 10.4.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.2.1937-11.4.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Death ceremonies:
text: When a man dies, the whole village is genna for one day and his own clan, the men of his clan of Mon, Punkhung, etc. his relatives in law, the families of his sisters, go to the funeral. Dzongning - the family of a man's sister, her husband and children (Wakching language - matanok). The actual disposing of the corpse is done by the Benba, the oldest man of the deceased's (90) clan, and the oldest man of the whole village.
text: Trees are not planted (like at Wakching) on other men's land, not even the Ang plants on the land of Ben men.
text: When a clan dies out the whole land falls to the Ang, he may use it for his own fields or his clansmen and even Ben men may ask him to be allowed to cultivate it. For this permission the Ang doesn't ask a price but is given a gift as 4 or 8 annas or some (91) salt. He also may give the land as permanent possession to a man who has immigrated from Mon, Chi (cf. p. 67).