The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: souls, skulls and after life
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 16.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (41) Wakching 16/5/1937 Inf. Chinyang
text: Man has two souls (ya-ha). One goes to Yimbu, the other one is destroyed at the death of the man. This is the material shadow. All yaha's of Wakching come to the same place in Yimbu, but they go on different paths according to the way of their death. The Yaha which is in Yimbu comes back to eat the offerings made at Oulingbu, Ou-nie-bu, Tao-bu, Ponglongpongbu, Linghabu. (42) Three years after the death they are made at the skull, later on at the house-post. Brothers give offerings to their dead sisters who married into other morungs. At the skull and at the house-post the same words are said: [konyak]. Chinyang gives offerings to his father, to his three deceased wives, to his daughters. At the main post only the owner of the house keeps his (43) spear, but no other men. They put them near the pounding table. The place near the main post is the place for offerings to Ghawang and the souls.