The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

black and white photographs taken by J.P. Mills

caption: Semicircular stone platform (asuthe) erected on the path from the village to the fields from whence the spirit of the dead man will watch and bless the crops: a tiny house on very high piles with a bin in front of it containing every sort of edible grain is set up for the use of the dead: at the back of the platform stands a small menhir which indicates that the deceased has performed the series of Feasts of Merit: over the tiny house is a wooden frame hung with gourds, each of which represents the human skulls and animal trophies hunted and sacrificed during his lifetime: the reeds planted in front commemorate his love affairs. Eastern Rengma, Meluri village.
caption: stone platform and tiny house for spirit of dead man
medium: photographs
ethnicgroup: Rengma <Eastern
location: Meluri
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 1918-1945
note: documentation based on catalogue by Betty von Furer-Haimendorf unless uncatalogued, in which case text within square brackets
person: School of Oriental and African Studies, London
refnum: 248/JPM/JPM
seealso: Mills, Rengma Nagas, p.220