The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

colour photographs of Naga artefacts from various sources

caption: Large carved wooden figure representing Litamluen a village elder of Mongsemdi made by men of neighbouring village of Susu which had a long-standing quarrel with the former. The figure, with others, was kept in the morung and periodically feasted with intent to produce and decapitate them on a special feast day and so cause illness or death of the person represented. A formal tabu would be observed for their deaths on the decapitation, which would have a corresponding effect upon the human originals. Ao.
medium: artefacts
person: Litamluen/ of Mongsemdi
location: Mongsenyimti (Mongsemdi)
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Chuchu Yimlang (Susu)
refnum: 966-7
person: Hutton/ J.H.
form: gift
person: Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
date: 1919
refnum: 1923.84.688
note: descriptions derived from original source material unless in square brackets or otherwise stated