The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton tour diary in the Naga Hills

caption: to Pansat; ritual posts and effigy marking good rice crop
medium: tours
location: Pensat (Pansat) Laiyum
date: 3.3.1935
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 21.2.1935-26.3.1935
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 3rd. To Pansat. - About 10 miles - a bridle path of sorts to river beyond Laiyum and then a steepish climb up to Pansat - a very rich village. On the way up we passed some big erect stones with buffalo-headed tally posts alongside of them and the heads of a couple of slaughtered buffalo, and a wooden effigy of a man thrown aside in the grass. They said it marked the place of a ceremony done on account of a very successful rice crop, and admitted that the wooden figure of a man had been killed as a substitute for a flesh and blood one.