The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook fourteen

caption: rituals after man killed in war and his head taken
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.5.1937-3.6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: When a man was killed in war and his head taken, the men and boys of his morung assembled in his house at (75) night and waited for the soul of the man to come back. When they heard a cracking or any noise, they shouted: [konyak] "soul, give, soul, give" and clapped their hands together as if catching the soul. When a man is drowned he is buried near the river.