The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Six. Death in the Rain
caption: ritual wailing and taboos after death
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: It was ten o'clock then, and the wailing continued the whole morning. So we sat about and waited for the funeral to begin. Owing to the death of their clansman, none of the Oukheang men was allowed to go to the fields -- an infuriating taboo when the weeding was pressing, but one which I welcomed, for at last I found plenty of informants in the morung. They were pleased to pass the time in answering my questions and smoking my cigarettes, and many pages of my notebook were filled in the hours of waiting.