The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript tour diary of W.G. Archer, S.D.O. Mokokchung 1947

caption: visit to Khonoma
caption: scarecrows, shrine of Kipuche
medium: tours
keywords: Kipuche
person: Semoma khelThevoma khelMerhema khel
location: Khonoma
date: 31.12.1946
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: From the hall the path drops down to a stream and the fields were thick with scarecrows. Almost all of them in the form of men. On the way up the spur I was shown 3 stones half hidden in a bamboo clearing. These mark the shrine of Kipuche whom a priest worships on genna days on behalf of two clans, the Semoma and Thevoma of Khonoma. The other clan, the Merhema has similar stones elsewhere. The priest offers a fowl and says 'May the crops flourish. May no sores affect the body.'