The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: rats
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Zemi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: When the bamboos die, the rats come.
text: King of the Rats.
text: huge rat leads party.
text: One said to have been shot by Kukis; every 50 years.
text: If there are good crops 2 or 3 years running, the rats will come. Last time there was nearly a famine. It was a good crop, & they nearly ate the lot.
text: Old men advising present generation to keep a little dhan stored for the short years - "Store a little for the children."
text: One rat calling goes first.