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 platforms disintegrate
medium: books
person: Chinyak
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York91:7
text: No attention was paid to the other bones, which gradually fell to the ground as the bamboo platform disintegrated. Jungle growth soon covered the remains, and no one cared if now and then a pig nosed out the odd bone. According to Konyak belief, it was only the skull to which a portion of a dead man's soul substance continued to adhere, even though his personality had long since completed the journey to the land of the dead.