The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Three. Phases of Life
caption: chief's bodies ; skull placed in a cist
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York92:1
text: The coffin was covered with palm leaves and laid on a platform outside the village, while the skull was placed in a stone cist and covered with the type of bronze gong which the Konyaks obtained from Burma. For the first year after death the skull was so placed that it overlooked the village path, but later it was turned away from the path.