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: the rotting corpse
medium: books
person: Chinyak
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York91:5
text: In the heat of summer decomposition set in rapidly, and even on the day after the funeral the platform was surrounded by swarms of flies. The smell of putrifying flesh pervaded the neighboring houses, and the inhabitants, by no means immune to such a stench, complained that they could hardly bring themselves to eat their food.