The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

colour photographs of Naga artefacts from various sources

caption: Middle band attached to a man's ceremonial body cloth (tsungkoteps) worn by givers of Feasts of Merit. Figures of mithan, sacrificial human heads, are supplemented by pictures of the moon and the stars (as expeditions were undertaken at night or because some Nagas consider the sun and the moon as deities), and pictures of the obsolete currency 'laya' and 'chabili' (iron sticks in the shape of a single dao). Painted by a local teacher with a bamboo stick in ink made of tree sap mixed with thick rice water. Ao, Ungma village.
medium: artefacts
size:160 x 8cm
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Ungma
refnum: 6:28
person: Ganguli/ Milada
date: 1975
note: descriptions derived from original source material unless in square brackets or otherwise stated