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 Mezoma
caption: field rest houses and the figures of 'Thepa' and 'Thevo', the village founders
medium: tours
keywords: ThepaThevo
person: Nisonuma clan
ethnicgroup: Angami <Western
location: Mezema (Mezoma)
date: 9.1.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: As in Khonoma, there are various field rest-houses. One of these built by the Nisonuma clan in February 1946 juts out of the hillside a little less than half a mile below the village. It is very neatly made but is devoid of carvings or paintings. A few yards below, the village youth had set up two strange figures. Each was made of two poles at right angles and on the top a roundish torso was plaited out of grass and reeds. I was told that they represented 'Thepa' and 'Thevo' the original founders of the village and were made by the boys and girls at the path clearing festival.