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 Tseminyu
caption: Rengmas and christianity
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Rengma <Western
location: Tseminyu
date: 25.1.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
seealso: 'Rengma Nagas', Mills
text: In the Rengma Nagas, Mills expressed the fear that christianity would quickly engulf the western section. I am told however that in the 12 villages which form this group, Christians are still a small minority. In Tseminyu itself conversions led to such schisms that the christians were expelled and have now an entirely separate Khel half a mile from their village.
text: When I visited the christian Khel, I noticed that the gaonbura's daughter had that very moment been married to the Angami head pandit of the Tseminyu school, and as I went up the hill, the bridal procession sallied from the church. I was told that other christian Angamis have married Rengma girls.