The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Furer-Haimendorf manuscript spiral bound notebook two

caption: photograph of stone cist
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
date: 12.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-12.1936
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (37) No. 14. Stone cist for a woman's head. The four blobs on the top, they are so that this particular cist should be recognized among others. The woman was very old and it is believed that the spirits of old people cause much more illness, so when illness breaks out the relatives go to the cists and offer a chicken.
text: To know when the head should be taken from corpse, some old people go and lift the cloth a little.
text: (38 onwards) [konyak]