The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Furer-Haimendorf manuscript spiral bound notebook three

caption: graves and burial
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Kanching
date: 20.7.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 7.1936-12.1936
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (15) Kanching - grave.
text: The corpse is buried at once a platform is erected over the graves with hornbill heads (carved). Panjis are stuck into the ground so that the dead man doesn't meet his enemies. The dead men go to the south, to a village called Moi-he. Chang people live there. The dead man takes with him all the weapons and instruments put on his grave. If a dead man has killed enemies, then the killed men become his servants. Okong-du-tangba is the lord of the land of the dead. He asks the dead (16) what they have brought, and they give him the Ang's share. There are two ways in the land of the dead, those who die a natural death are led one way, those who died apothia death go another was. There are two places - for the good and the bad. Okong-du-tangba knows the character of men and sends them to different places.