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: earthquakes
medium: notes
keywords: herapeo
ethnicgroup: Zemi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: Earthquakes are caused by a herapeo trying to turn the earth over with a crowbar. The scavenger beetle goes and tells him there are no men left, so he starts to turn the earth over, the top down and the underside up; so everyone shouts out: "there are people here! There are people here!" so that he will stop. An earthquake is followed by a day's abstention from field-work.