The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts from 'Account of the valley of Munnipore and of the Hill Tribes' by Major W. McCulloch

caption: burial
medium: articles
ethnicgroup: Koupooee
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: On occurrence of death, if the deceased be a man of a wealthy family, a buffaloe would be killed, and all his relatives and friends feasted; the less well to do in the world, content themselves by killing a goat or a pig. The body is seldom kept more than a day. The grave is dug by those who are connected with the family by marriage with its females. For this service they are entitled to receive the best dao and spear of the deceased. The grave is a vault dug in the hill, in this they deposit the body and usually some arms and a hoe. The mouth of the vault is then closed with large stones, and the passage to it filled with earth.