Death Ceremony in a Lepcha Village: Amak-Sa-Dihrim

The paper dwells into the concept of death and afterlife for the Lepchas. The Lepcha concept of death and funeral is in itself one of the earliest ideas which have existed for a very long time. The Lepcha ritual practice varies from their traditional to the so called present day syncretised methods and ideals. From the importance of Bongthings and muns, to the cultural beliefs of purity and mourning, the paper aims to describe the rituals and the concept of death from a Lepcha’s perspective. From the observation of the death of a family member to the purification of the family members, it aims to look into the various stages through which the funeral ceremony passes through.