This book formulates a new pedagogy of death with regard to Northeast India and shows how this pedagogy offers an understanding of alternative knowledge systems and epistemes.

In documenting a range of customs and practices pertaining to death, dying and the afterlife among the diverse ethnic communities of Northeast India, the book offers new soteriological, epistemological, sociological and phenomenological perspectives on death. Through an examination of these eschatological practices and their anthropological, theological and cultural moorings, the book aims to reach an understanding of notions of indigeneity with regard to Northeast India. The contributors to this book draw upon a range of subjects— from songs, literary texts, monuments, relics and funerary objects to biographies to folktales to stories of spirit possessions and supernatural encounters. It collates the research of scholars primarily from Northeast India, but also from Eastern India and offers an interdisciplinary analysis of these various belief systems and practices.

This book will of interest to those researchers and scholars interested in South Asia in general and Northeast India in particular, and also to those interested in the social anthropology of religion, cultural studies, indigenous studies, folklore studies and Himalayan studies.

chapter |16 pages


Death and Dying in Northeast India: Indigeneity and Afterlife

chapter 3|17 pages

The Rhetoric of Death and Dying

The Khasi and Karbi Context

chapter 4|12 pages

Imageries of Life and Death

The Case of Kombirei 1

chapter 5|13 pages

The Death Rituals

An Analysis of the Socio-Religious Practices of Death in Bodo Society

chapter 6|16 pages

The Men were Heroes while the Women were Victims

Commemorating the Mizo National Front Movement

chapter 7|17 pages

War and the Dead

Funerary Rites, Mourning and Commemorating Second World War Deaths in Northeastern India

chapter 8|15 pages

Navigating Death in Diaspora

Easterine Kire's Nagaland

chapter 9|14 pages

Death Rituals

An Insight into the Naga Ancestral Religion

chapter 10|16 pages

No Rest for our Ancestors in Museums

Unpacking the Preliminary Impressions from the Repatriation Process of Naga Ancestral Remains

chapter 11|15 pages

Dialogue with the Shindré 1

Death Rituals Among the Lhopo of Sikkim 2

chapter 12|19 pages

The Body in Myth and Practice

Symbols of Death in Yumaism

chapter 13|22 pages

Corporeal Traces and Sacred Lives

Examining the Mummified Relic of Kalu Rinpoche in Sonada, Darjeeling