The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-six. Tribesmen Of Tirap
caption: beliefs regarding the after life
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1962
text: Talking about war and killings, I took the opportunity to steer the conversation towards the Wanchus' ideas regarding the after life. Their beliefs seemed to be rather more precise than those of the Konyaks of Wakching. The land of the dead is known as Lumpu, and the spirits of the deceased are referred to as dzaban. Luipu is thought of as a real underworld and as a replica of this world. Everything on earth is supposed to be duplicated in Lumpu. Thus, below Niaunu is supposed to be a corresponding village, and below the chief's house there is a comparable chief's house.