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 Jakhama and Kigwema
caption: mithan head carvings on house fronts
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Angami <Southern
location: Zhakhama (Jakhama)
date: 7.1.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: Beyond the gate the village paths wind through a maze of houses. Many of these have carvings on their frontal planks and in almost every case the carving is of a mithan's head. I was told that the number of such carvings tallies with the number of mithans actually killed at a genna and that the house-holder himself does the carving. the carving is of a standard type and the general effect is of a row of badges. In many houses the skulls of cattle slaughtered at the genna are hung up in a grisly line above the door.