The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: description of a funeral
caption: Chapter Three. Phases of Life
caption: corpse platform
medium: books
person: Chinyak
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York91:2
text: It was customary to erect a corpse platform either on the communal funerary ground of the clan, which lay just outside the village, or on the deceased's own land, close to his house. In this case the platform was put on Chinyak's land, allegedly because he had purchased it himself and had neither son, nor father, nor brothers to utilize the site. Three years after Chinyak's death his clansmen would sell the land and divide the price.