The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: to Melori; burnt last year, partly finished morung post carvings
medium: tours
keywords: enemy's teeth
person: Putho/ of Melori
location: Meluri (Melori)
date: 20.3.1935
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 21.2.1935-26.3.1935
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 20th. To Melori - the heatwave continues.
text: This village got burned last year. The morung posts, which are very rough and unfinished are carved with a buffalo head at the top, a dog at the bottom and in between the "enemy's teeth" pattern, here said to represent mithun horns which it quite obviously does not. I refused to appoint a gaonbura in Putho's place as the khel already has one and there were an unnecessary number before he died, and the clan wanted to appoint a soothsayer, which I consider undesirable as he is sure to detect thieves by magic which will end in some sort of trouble.