The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter One. The Material Background
caption: belt of forest; cemetery; funeral platforms
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York21:5
text: A broad belt of forest separated the spring from the village and concealed the houses from all who approached. Here, trees were only felled for building purposes and the forest was, in striking contrast to the shrubby bushland which clothed the lower slopes, tall and well grown. Beyond this belt of forest lay a cemetery where, from the hollows of stone receptacles, bleached skulls grinned at passers-by. Funeral platforms carried the bodies of those recently deceased, and on days following a funeral the stench of rotting flesh often caused even the Konyaks to hold their noses as they hurried past.